Saturday 24 August 2019

Sinn Féin candidate 'ashamed' at drink-drive conviction

Sinn Féin's general election candidate Pat Buckley
Sinn Féin's general election candidate Pat Buckley

Ralph Riegel and Niall O'Connor

A Sinn Féin candidate for the General Election has admitted a drink-driving conviction was "like a cross I will have to carry for the rest of my life".

Party councillor Pat Buckley, a candidate for Cork East, was stopped by gardaí in the early hours of June 9, 2013. He was later found to be more than three times over the permitted blood-alcohol level.

Mr Buckley had his license disqualified for three years and was fined €500 after being convicted at Midleton District Court last December of being over the permitted alcohol limit while driving.

Judge Brian Sheridan imposed a three-year driving ban which came into force in the new year.

On Tuesday, drink driver Finbarr O'Rourke was jailed for seven years and six months for causing the death of Ciaran Treacy (4) in a car crash.

Mr Buckley said he appealed to motorists to think twice before they get behind the wheel after drinking.

"I'm still embarrassed and ashamed that I got behind the wheel that night," he said.

Full story, Page 18

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