Reilly escapes speeding conviction and agrees to pay €300 to charity
Former minister Dr James Reilly escaped a conviction after his vehicle was clocked speeding on a busy Dublin street.
The car registered to the Fine Gael senator was clocked travelling in excess of 80kmh on the N3 bypass at Blanchardstown on September 8, 2015.
Dr Reilly appeared before Dublin District Court last Wednesday, after being summonsed by Garda James Curtis of the Garda Traffic Unit.
Under oath, Dr Reilly told the presiding judge he was not driving the vehicle at the time of the offence. He also stated he had not received a fixed-charge notice.
Dr Reilly, of Seafoam, Southshore Road, Rush, agreed to pay a €300 charitable donation to Blanchardstown Hospice, and his case was struck out.
Driving in excess of the speed limit can result in a fixed-charge fine of €80 as well as three penalty points. Failure to pay the fixed charge within 28 days can result in a €120 fine and up to five penalty points.
The north Dublin senator served as health minister from 2011 until 2014, before being appointed as children and youth affairs minister until last year.