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Convict's wife keeps driving licence after mercy plea

A MOTHER of one caught driving without insurance has successfully pleaded with a judge not to ban her from driving.

Mary McDonagh (24), of Oldchurch Crescent in Clondalkin told Blanchardstown District Court that she needed to drive to Portlaoise to visit her husband, who is serving a lengthy prison sentence.

McDonagh had been making payments for car insurance but the payments had lapsed because there wasn't enough money in her bank account.

McDonagh, of Oldchurch Crescent, Clondalkin, admitted to driving without insurance.

Garda David Connolly said the incident took place at Cedarbrook Walk in Clondalkin on May 19, 2011.



Garda Connolly said he stopped McDonagh driving a 2000 Dublin-registered vehicle. He asked her for her insurance documents but she failed to produce them.

The court heard McDonagh has 10 previous convictions, mostly for minor road traffic matters.

Defence solicitor Simon Fleming said the defendant had insurance on the car and had been making payments but the payments had lapsed.

Mr Fleming said the defendant is married with one child, and her husband is currently serving a lengthy sentence in Portlaoise prison.

He asked the judge not to ban her, saying she wants to be able to visit him in Portlaoise.

Judge McHugh fined McDonagh €200, but he did not ban her from driving.