Saturday 24 February 2018

PR guru gets two-year ban for drink driving

Eimear Cotter

A PUBLIC relations guru who was one-and-a-half times over the limit when stopped at a garda checkpoint has been found guilty of drink driving and put off the road for two years.

Paul Allen (50), who worked in RTE for seven years before he set up his own company, Paul Allen & Associates in 1992, was stopped in Lusk, north Dublin.

Allen, with an address at Marine Drive in Sandymount, was found guilty before Swords District Court of drunken driving.

Garda Sergeant Stephen Meighan said that he was conducting a general vehicle checkpoint at Rathmore Road in Lusk shortly after 11.30pm on February 8 when a 2006-registered Audi A3 drove towards him.

Sgt Meighan said he spoke to the driver and conducted a roadside breath test, which Allen failed.

He was taken to Balbriggan garda station where a urine sample he provided produced a reading of 186mgs of alcohol per 100mls of urine.

Judge Dermot Dempsey fined Allen €750 and banned him from driving for two years.


Allen is one of the best known PR consultants in the country.

Back in 2007, he met former US president Bill Clinton at a fundraiser in Dublin and told him that former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds was unwell.

Mr Clinton asked him to ring Mr Reynolds on his mobile – he then wished the former Taoiseach a speedy recovery.

Paul Allen & Associates also provided public relations advice to Senator David Norris during his failed presidential election bid in 2011.

But his company later sued Mr Norris for an allegedly outstanding fee of €30,000 in relation to public relations services provided during the campaign. The matter was settled last year.

Irish Independent

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