Sunday 25 February 2018

Socialite keeps her licence after fourth speeding offence

Valerie Roe leaves the court
Valerie Roe leaves the court

Conor McHugh

Socialite Valerie Roe has narrowly escaped losing her driving licence after she pleaded guilty to her fourth speeding offence in as many years.

Ms Roe (52), with an address at Oakglen, Craddockstown, Naas, was stopped by Garda Ronan Mannion on August 19 last.

Sitting at Naas District Court yesterday, Judge Desmond Zaidan heard evidence that she was caught travelling at 135kmh in a 100kmh zone on the N7 at Blackchurch, Kill, Co Kildare, and was very apologetic when stopped.

Ms Roe, a sister of model Gillian Quinn and sister-in-law of former footballer Niall Quinn, faced speeding charges in 2009, 2010 and 2012.

She also has a previous conviction for driving with no insurance. "Why should I not disqualify her?" Judge Zaidan asked her solicitor, Cairbre Finan Jr.

"Once, I can understand. Twice, maybe, depending on the circumstances – but four times? Come on!" Judge Zaidan added.

"She needs the car for her work," her solicitor explained. The judge was told that she owns her own PR, marketing and event management firm.

Ms Roe has until June 5 to make a donation of €1,500, to be divided three ways equally between Mount Offaly House in Athy, Michael Garry House in Newbridge and the Jack and Jill Children's Foundation.

Irish Independent

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