Wednesday 21 February 2018

'It's a distraction' - Independent TD Clare Daly dismisses bench warrant for her arrest

Clare Daly
Clare Daly
Nicola Anderson

Nicola Anderson

A BENCH warrant has been issued for the arrest of Independent TD Clare Daly - but the Independent TD has said it will be sorted.

The warrant relates to an alleged speeding offence in Newbridge in Kildare, and was issued at Naas District Court earlier today.

Clare Daly has been in Leinster House today
Clare Daly has been in Leinster House today

Ms Daly is currently in Leinster House where she is attending a meeting Oireachtas’ Agriculture Committee.

Speaking after the committee meeting, Ms Daly said she had received the summons for motoring offences "out of the blue" last week.

She attended Naas District Court this morning but on finding that she was number 188 out of 188 cases, she left the court because she was anxious to attend the committee meeting which was discussing the Horse Racing Ireland affairs.

However she stressed that a solicitor had remained to represent her on her behalf.

"I'll have to go again," she said, explaining that she will have to attend court on another date.

"We'll sort that out," she said.

Ms Daly said she had then received a text from her solicitor while in the agricultural committee meeting.

Asked if she was shocked, she said: "I was more interested in Horse Racing Ireland - there was more shock in that."

She is among a number of TDs and senators questioning the chairperson of Horse Racing Ireland Joe Keeling about the controversial appointment of their CEO Brian Kavanagh.

She added that the issuing of the warrant was a "distraction"

Judge Desmond Zaidan issued the warrant.

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