Comedian fined after being caught speeding
COMEDIAN Jason Byrne has been fined for speeding. Byrne (41) pleaded guilty at Dublin District Court yesterday to speeding on the R132, Pinnock Hill, Swords at 8.59pm on May 10 last.
He has two months to pay €80 to avoid two days' jail.
Garda James Curtis told Judge Anthony Halpin he was operating speed-detection equipment when Byrne passed him "driving at a speed of 91kph in a 60kph zone".
An €80 fixed penalty notice was sent to Byrne's address in Oldtown, Co Dublin and a court summons followed.
It was the second date the case was in court after an adjournment had been granted in December when Byrne did not attend. Yesterday he turned up to face the charge.
The court heard that Byrne had one prior conviction for speeding, dating back to 2008.
The popular entertainer confirmed that he was pleading guilty to the offence.
The judge noted the speed detected by the garda and said it was "quite significant".
He asked the comedian: "Do you want to explain?" to which Byrne replied: "It was a dead straight road, I was just not keeping an eye on it."
The judge convicted and imposed the fine on Byrne, who is currently on tour.
He also directed that the fine must be paid within two months, or else Byrne will be jailed for two days in default.
The stand-up comedian, who wrote and starred in the sitcom 'Father Figure' last year, said "thank you" to Judge Halpin as the case was finalised.