Sunday 4 December 2016

Town was like ‘Dodge City’ during Donegal Rally says judge as he warns of ‘new approach’

Greg Harkin

Published 20/06/2016 | 13:26

Garda Traffic Corps. Stock picture
Garda Traffic Corps. Stock picture

A JUDGE has described Letterkenny during the Donegal International Rally as like ‘Dodge City’ and warned he is going to change his approach to dealing with alleged offences before his court.

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Judge Paul Kelly was speaking as he adjourned a case until later today involving a man from Trim, Co Meath, charged with dangerous driving.

Judge Kelly is due to hear the case this afternoon.

Most cases will be heard at a special sitting of Letterkenny District Court on July 4.

Judge Kelly said after six years hearing post-rally court cases “it seems to me it is getting worse and more numerous and it seems the approach I am taking is not working and I will have to change that approach.”

He went on: “People are coming to Donegal and to Letterkenny and driving round in the manner that had been described by gardaí and they think they can get away with it and it’s great fun.

“Gardai are being put to enormous inconvenience and are getting dog’s abuse. The atmosphere is turning into something akin of Dodge City in the bad told days and it has to stop.”

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