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Actor Joe in the clear on traffic offences

ACTOR Joe Purcell has had summonses for traffic offences struck out in court.

Mr Purcell (58) sparked a national debate last October after he admitted stealing groceries for his children's breakfast.

He was back in court again yesterday, this time accused of the traffic offences.

However, his details were all in order and Judge Anthony Halpin struck out the summonses.

Mr Purcell, of Donomore Park, in Tallaght, appeared before Tallaght District Court accused of driving without insurance or a driving licence as well as not having road tax.

He was stopped by gardai at Kiltipper Road, in Tallaght, on November 7, 2012.

Garda Sergeant Carmel Henry said she had no instructions in relation to the summonses and Judge Halpin struck them out.


The father-of-three revealed last October how a temporary problem with the family's child benefit payments forced him to steal groceries so his three children would not go hungry.

Mr Purcell was caught, prosecuted and was ordered to do community service – a three-month prison sentence was suspended by the courts.

He said he felt he had no option but to steal €58 worth of groceries from two Dublin convenience stores. He later said he was overwhelmed by the support he got after going public.