Sunday 30 April 2017

Speeding TD's driving licence had lapsed

Claire O'Brien

A Fianna Fail TD has been fined for speeding and having no driver's licence.

Former minister of state Noel Treacy, whose portfolio in the early 1990s included transport, did not appear in person before Tullamore District Court to answer the two summons, which relate to an incident which occurred on the M6 at Horseleap on June 19 last.

Garda Declan Miley told the court that when he stopped Mr Treacy, of Gurteen, Ballinasloe, Galway, he had been travelling at 158kmh in a 120kmh zone.

The 58-year-old's licence had lapsed, solicitor Donal Farrelly told the court.

Apologise

Mr Treacy wished to apologise and said he was proceeding to put his licence in place.

Judge Gerard Haughton imposed fines of €150 on each of the two offences, and a charge of failing to produce the licence was struck out.

Mr Treacy featured prominently in reports earlier this month when he attacked the media after they highlighted the fact that the former government minister emerged as the Dail's top claimant for expenses and allowances, totalling e95,233 for the 12 months up to December.

This comprised expenses of e85,217 and an allowance of e10,016 as chairman of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on the implementation of the Good Friday Agreement.

He accused national media of consistently distorting the reality of the situation with regard to expenses paid to Oireachtas members.

Irish Independent

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