Wednesday 20 March 2019

Pressure on gardai to explain failure to serve summonses on TD

Robert Troy, Fianna Fail deputy for Longford-Westmeath
Robert Troy, Fianna Fail deputy for Longford-Westmeath

Gemma O'Doherty

Gardai are coming under increasing pressure to explain why court summonses for traffic offences were not served on a Fianna Fail TD.

Up to now, the whistleblower controversy has focussed on the quashing of penalty points by officers but last night it emerged that summonses have been struck out by the courts because they were not served.

The TD at the centre of the allegations is Robert Troy, Fianna Fail's youngest deputy, and party spokesperson on children.

Last month, the 31-year-old Westmeath TD admitted to having penalty points written off. He incurred the points after pulling his car over to take a call.

He claimed he was not driving at the time.

Now it has emerged that summonses for three different motoring offences were not served on him by gardai.

The Courts Service has confirmed that three court cases for these offences, two relating to alleged speeding in August 2011 and March 2012, were struck out because summonses were not served. A third hearing, for parking on a footpath in June 2011, was struck out for the same reason.

When a driver is issued with a fixed charge notice for a motoring offence which incurs penalty points, they have 56 days to accept the points and pay their fine. When this time period has elapsed but the motorist has not accepted the points, a summons is issued.

Gardai are obliged to serve the summons on the motorist to appear in the District Court and answer the alleged offence.

It is not known why the three summonses were not served.

The Irish Independent has put questions to the gardai about them, but answers had not been provided at the time of going to press.

Last night, the TD failed to answer questions about the summonses. He said he had six penalty points and successfully appealed an additional two.

Irish Independent

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