Farmer, lawyer and former TD in court charged with dangerous driving
Former TD, Michael McNamara (43) appeared in court today charged with dangerous driving and obstructing a Garda during the course of his duties.
At Killaloe District Court sitting at O’Donovan’s pub in Ballina, the former Labour TD for Clare, Mr McNamara appeared in relation to the two alleged offences.
Mr McNamara is pleading his innocence to the charges and is to fully contest the prosecution at a hearing later this year.
Lawyer and farmer McNamara has hired road traffic law expert and barrister, Martin Dully BL to lead the defence team in the case.
In the case, McNamara is charged with dangerous driving contrary to Section 53 (1) of the Road Traffic Act near his home at Tobernagath, Scarriff in east Clare on December 10, 2016.
McNamara of Ballyglass, Tulla is also charged with resisting and obstructing Garda Darren McLaughlin during the course of his duties under Section 19 of the Public Order Act at the same location of the alleged dangerous driving on the same date.
Those convicted in the district court of obstructing a Garda in the course of their duties face a jail sentence of up to six months or a fine of €635 while those convicted of dangerous driving in the district court face up to six months in jail and a fine of €127.
The alleged offences took place almost 10 months after Mr McNamara lost his seat in the 2016 General Election.