Uninsured driver was on way to care home
A carer caught driving without insurance was taking his daughter who has special needs to a care home to see if she was suit-able for respite care.
James McDonagh (38) gave up his job as a youth worker to become his daughter's full-time carer.
Judge Bridget Reilly fined him €550 and disqualified him from driving for two years.
The defendant, of Nutgrove Crescent, Rathfarnham, admitted before Tallaght District Court to driving without insurance or a licence at Stonemason's Way, Rathfarnham, last August 2.
McDonagh was asked to produce his driving licence and insurance documents at a garda station but failed to do so and admitted he has never held a licence.
Defence solicitor Michael Hennessy said McDonagh is a lone parent with two teenagers, a 15-year-old and a 17-year-old daughter with special needs.
Mr Hennessy said the defendant previously worked as a youth worker but gave up that job so he could look after his daughter, and he is now her full-time carer.
In relation to this incident, Mr Hennessy said McDonagh was taking his daughter to a centre to see if she was suitable for respite care.
The solicitor said McDonagh is no longer driving and no longer has the car.