Disqualified driver is given jail and five-year ban for collision
A car enthusiast who collided with another vehicle when driving while disqualified has been jailed for five months.
Dean Cormack (29) claimed he now realised "the absolute seriousness" of uninsured driving after completing the restorative justice road safety programme.
However, Judge Dermot Dempsey said Cormack had ignored road traffic laws.
The judge sentenced him to five months, banned him from driving for five years and fined him €100.
The defendant, of Turnapin Grove in Cloghran, had admitted dangerous driving, driving without insurance and without a driving licence before Swords District Court.
Cormack collided with another vehicle in Whitestown Road, Rush, on September 1 2016.
The court heard the defendant had 23 previous convictions - including two for uninsured driving.
Defence lawyer Annette Kiely said Cormack now realised the seriousness of his behaviour.
She said Cormack had a young child and asked the judge not to send him to jail just before Christmas.
The court heard the defendant's hobby was doing up cars, and he now realised that if he fixes cars he can no longer drive them without the required documentation.
Ms Kiely said Cormack, who had poor literacy skills, had written letters of apology for his behaviour.
She said Cormack suffered from severe anxiety, had liver problems and was awaiting treatment.
Ms Kiely said the defendant also helped to care for his grandmother and stayed with her two nights a week.