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Friday 20 July 2018

Mum was caught drink-driving after she called gardai to scene

Eimear Rooney got a three-year driving ban and €200 fine
Eimear Rooney got a three-year driving ban and €200 fine

A mother-of-three who called gardai after a row with her partner was caught drink-driving after she got into her car to head home.

Eimear Rooney (36) had nowhere else to go after her partner threw her out of his home.

She had called gardai to the scene as she wanted to get her belongings from his house.

Judge David McHugh fined Rooney €200 and banned her from driving for three years.

Rooney, of Ardilaun Green, Mullingar, Co Westmeath, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to drink-driving at Leixlip Road, Lucan, last September 18.

Gda Padhraic Broughall said he stopped the defendant on suspicion of drink-driving and took her to Ballyfermot Garda Station.

Conviction

She produced a sample of breath, which gave a reading of 85mgs of alcohol per 100mls of breath.

The court heard that Rooney had a previous conviction for drink-driving, in 2008.

Defence lawyer Jennifer Jackson said Rooney was a single mother of three children.

She said it was Rooney who called gardai. She had been staying in her partner's house, there was a disagreement and he threw her out.

Ms Jackson said Rooney called gardai as she wanted her belongings.

He would not let her back in his house and she had nowhere to go, so she jumped into her car.

Ms Jackson said Rooney's partner then called gardai, and the defendant was heading home when she was stopped.

Ms Jackson said Rooney did not have a drink problem.

Judge McHugh postponed the driving ban until June.

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