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UFC star Conor McGregor outside court in November last year, after pleading guilty to an unrelated assault charge

UFC star Conor McGregor outside court in November last year, after pleading guilty to an unrelated assault charge

UFC star Conor McGregor outside court in November last year, after pleading guilty to an unrelated assault charge

Conor McGregor has been spared prosecution for motoring offences in Dublin.

The MMA fighter, nicknamed 'The Notorious', had been summoned by gardai to appear at Dublin District Court yesterday.

Multi-millionaire McGregor (31) did not attend, but his case was struck out.

The former two-weight world champion, who won his UFC comeback fight in Las Vegas earlier this month, faced charges under the Road Traffic Act.

He had been accused of allegedly driving a '192-reg car without a licence or insurance last August 23 at Old County Road in Crumlin, and failing to produce a licence or insurance or motor tax to gardai within 10 days.

His solicitor Rory Staines told Judge John O'Leary he was aware an application would be made. The prosecuting Garda Anthony Byrne asked for a strike out.

"Documents were produced before court this morning," the garda said.

Judge O'Leary noted McGregor's documents were "in order" and struck out the prosecution.

In November, McGregor avoided a jail sentence but he was convicted and fined €1,000 for an unprovoked attack on a man in a Dublin pub.

Desmond Keogh, in his 50s, had been at the Marble Arch Pub on Benbulbin Road, Drimnagh, on April 6 last year when he was punched.

The fighter pleaded guilty and apologised at Dublin District Court last November 1.

Mr Keogh was attacked after he had repeatedly turned down shots of McGregor's Proper No12 whiskey, which was repeatedly placed - and at one point "slammed" - in front of him by the professional fighter.

The victim had received an undisclosed sum of compensation and had already accepted his apology before that court hearing.

The court heard McGregor had 18 other previous convictions going back to 2009.

Mischief

He was hit with a six-month driving ban and a €1,000 fine at Naas District Court in November 2018 for a speeding offence at Kill, Co Kildare, on October 11, 2017.

He also appeared at Blanchardstown District Court two years ago, and was fined €400 for speeding on that occasion.

The fighter has also had legal battles in the US.

In 2018, he reached a plea bargain on charges of criminal mischief, misdemeanour assault and menacing, and reckless endangerment after he and his associates were filmed attacking a bus at a UFC event in New York in April that year.

After entering a plea of disorderly conduct, he was ordered to serve five days' community service, and to take anger management classes.

Father-of-two McGregor earned a $30m (€27m) purse from his loss to former undefeated welterweight boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jnr in 2017.