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Banned driver went to see sick mum in hospital

A WORRIED son foolishly got behind the wheel of his partner's car so he could visit his sick mother in hospital.

Thomas Sweeney (42) did not have insurance and was serving a 10-year driving ban at the time.

Judge John Lindsay fined him €550, disqualified him from driving for 12 years and imposed a six-month sentence suspended for 18 months.

The defendant, of Drumcairn Avenue, Tallaght, admitted before Tallaght District Court to driving without insurance or a driving licence at Katharine Tynan Road, Tallaght, last August 20.


Gda Neil Waters said he stopped Sweeney driving a car and made the demand that he produce his insurance and driving licence at his local garda station, but he failed to do so.

The court heard Sweeney has three convictions for driving without insurance that date back some time. He received a 10-year driving ban in 2009.

Defence solicitor Michael Hennessy said Sweeney's mother had been diagnosed with a serious illness and was in Tallaght Hospital at the time and he drove down to see her.

Mr Hennessy said Sweeney, who is on disability, knows he should not have got behind the wheel but he wanted to see his mother.

The court heard the car belonged to Sweeney's partner, and she was insured to drive it.