Tuesday 27 September 2016

Grandmother of 43 caught driving drunk and without insurance for fifth time

Eimear Cotter

Published 12/12/2015 | 07:28

Ann Cash, Boot Road in Clondalkin, Road Traffic Matters pictured at Blanchardstown Court
Ann Cash, Boot Road in Clondalkin, Road Traffic Matters pictured at Blanchardstown Court

A GRANDMOTHER caught driving drunk and without insurance for a fifth time has begged a judge to "allow her Christmas" with her family.

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Ann Cash (55) has battled a problem with alcohol for a number of years.

Judge David McHugh said Cash was realistic about going to jail and he postponed sentencing to January so she can spend Christmas with her family.

The defendant, of Boot Road in Clondalkin, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to drink driving and driving without insurance or a licence.

Garda Brendan O'Brien said he stopped Cash driving in an erratic manner at Castlegrange Lawns in Clondalkin at 2am on September 13.

She was taken to the Garda station where she provided a specimen of her blood. It gave a reading of 156 mgs of alcohol per 100mls of blood.

The court heard Cash has four previous no-insurance convictions and four convictions for drink driving.

Co-operative

She was also driving while disqualified, said Gda O'Brien, adding that Cash was extremely co-operative with gardai.

Defence solicitor Valerie Buckley said the defendant's husband died four years ago, and she has 15 children and 43 grandchildren.

Ms Buckley said four of Cash's daughters are separated and they, along with their nine children, are living with her.

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