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FF mayor says drink-drive 'matter is closed'

Daniel McConnell and David Raleigh

Published 05/10/2015 | 02:30

Mayor of Limerick Jerry O’Dea
Mayor of Limerick Jerry O’Dea

A Fianna Fáil politician at the centre of allegations of drink-driving following a traffic accident last year has said he considers the "matter closed".

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Limerick Metropolitan Mayor Jerry O'Dea denied he attempted to contact gardaí about the incident.

He confirmed he was involved in a single-vehicle road traffic accident last year.

"In December 2014, I was involved in a single-vehicle road traffic accident. I was the sole occupant of the car," he said.

Mr O'Dea added that after the accident he fully cooperated with gardaí and was later informed that there would be no action taken against him.

"Following the accident, I cooperated fully with an Garda Siochana and subsequently made no further contact with an Garda Siochana about the issue.

"In early May 2015, I was informed there would be no action against me I consider the matter closed," he said.

Mr O'Dea, an elected councillor who is serving as mayor of Limerick, issued the statement just hours before an emergency meeting of Fianna Fáil members in the Limerick metropolitan area was due to take place.

Mr O'Dea's future as mayor was called into question by one of his own party colleagues, Cllr Shane Clifford, who said he "should reflect on the situation".

Irish Independent

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