A 37-YEAR- OLD man told Sligo Court that he hired two people to drive him around in his ice cream van because he was banned from driving.
Paul Collopy, 24 Glenbrook, Bloodmill Road, Limerick, said it was the only way he could continue his business in Limerick.
Collopy admitted that he was driving while disqualified when stopped by Gardai at Ballisodare on Christmas Eve.
He said he had come to Sligo with a driver to visit his brother for Christmas. On the return, his driver was "worse for wear" and Collopy had driven because he wanted to get home to be with his son.
Judge Kilrane was informed that Collopy had a very chequered past, with 59 previous convictions.
He had spent time in prison and received a ten-year disqualification from driving in 2006.
Judge Kilrane heard that apart from the incident in question, Collopy had not been in trouble since his release from prison in October, 2011.
However, Inspector Paul Kilcoyne told the court while there were no other matters before the courts, he believed that Collopy had been stopped in various parts of the country driving without insurance since December.
Judge Kilrane adjourned the case to January 24th to allow Gardai make further enquiries.