TD Murphy is cleared of speeding charge
Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy was cleared of speeding on the N4 in Dublin yesterday.
The politician was summonsed to appear at Dublin District Court after a fixed penalty notice for breaking the speed limit went unpaid.
Traffic Garda Shane Bonner told Judge John Coughlan that on the night of March 16 last he was operating speed detection equipment which clocked the politician’s ’05-reg car travelling at 118kph in a 80kph zone.
He said this resulted in a fixed penalty notice being sent to Murphy’s address but “the ticket was not paid and a summons was subsequently generated”.
Murphy (32) contested the case and told the court did not receive the fixed penalty notice which had been allegedly sent to his then address at The Copse, Woodpark, Ballinteer, Dublin.
He said that he moved in May but had all his post, including his court summons, was redirected to his new address.
The summons, he explained to the court, was “the first I heard of it”.
Judge Coughlan said Murphy “is a man of absolute integrity, in the circumstances I dismiss the case”.