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Coveney 'embarrassed' by speeding summons

Ralph Riegel

Published 26/07/2013 | 05:00

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Simon Coveney: was not behind wheel

AGRICULTURE Minister Simon Coveney admitted he was left "very embarrassed" over a speeding summons before the District Court.

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The 41-year-old received the summons despite the fact he was not driving the car – although he was in the vehicle at the time.

The summons was struck out at Midleton District Court yesterday after it emerged the Cork South Central TD was not behind the wheel.

As a gesture of goodwill, Mr Coveney agreed to make a contribution of €200 to a court-nominated charity.

"It is clearly embarrassing and it should not have happened," he said.

Mr Coveney was only listed on the summons because the gardai had not been notified within the requisite period about who the actual driver was.

The summons related to an incident on May 5, 2012, when Mr Coveney's car was clocked doing 70kmh in a 60kmh zone on the Cork-Cobh road.

He was on ministerial business at the time and Judge Brian Sheridan was informed that one of his official drivers was behind the wheel.

Due to an oversight, the actual circumstances were not notified to the gardai within the specified period so the summons was issued in respect of the vehicle's owner. Judge Sheridan agreed to strike out the summons in the circumstances.

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