Monday 23 September 2019

Ex-Dublin star's case struck out

Senan Connell
Senan Connell
Andrew Phelan

Andrew Phelan

Former Dublin footballer and GAA pundit Senan Connell has had a drink driving case against him struck out after a Supreme Court challenge on an Irish language loophole delayed his case.

Connell (41) had been charged with driving his car while over the alcohol limit in north Dublin in September.

He had denied the charge and was in court and due to contest the case.

However, at Dublin District Court, Judge John Brennan struck the charge out because of delays in prosecuting the case.

Gardai had sought an adjournment pending the outcome of a Supreme Court challenge by the DPP to a High Court ruling that alcohol breath tests must be in the Irish language as well as in English. But the judge refused to adjourn it.

Connell did not address the court during the brief hearing.

The judge said he was agreeing to strike the charge out "in the circumstances, because the defendant is here to meet the case and the State is not in a position to proceed".

Irish Independent

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