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Judge praises singer as he bans her from driving

SINGER Dolores Keane's work was praised by a judge yesterday as he banned her from driving for four years and fined her €300 for drink driving.

Judge Paul Kelly paid tribute to Ms Keane for her song on 'A Woman's Heart' and wished her the best of luck in her continuing career.

The 58-year-old, who is now on her third driving ban, told the judge at Glenties District Court: "Thank you very much."

She had admitted being nearly twice over the alcohol limit when driving on March 26, 2011.

The court was told it was her second drink-driving incident within a few months as she was already banned for three years for an offence outside Tuam in November 2010.

A four-year ban, which started yesterday, will run concurrently with the three-year disqualification.

Judge Kelly was also told that Ms Keane, who spent three months this year at an alcoholic treatment centre, was first banned in June 2000.

Garda Inspector Dennis Joyce, prosecuting, said Ms Keane's latest drink driving occurred outside the courthouse when gardai received a report of a car being driven in an erratic manner on the wrong side of the road.

Keane was co-operative with the gardai.

The defence told the court: "She drank all her life, which affected her health and well-being, and more recently began to drink heavily."

Irish Independent