A DOG breeder caught driving without insurance claimed that he had completely turned his life around in the past two years, and was now free from heroin to concentrate on getting on with his life.
Michael Geoghegan (27) said he had a gift for breeding dogs and had won awards for best junior breeder of Irish wolfhounds.
Geoghegan had a chronic heroin problem, and there was a threat against his life at one point, a court heard. But he was on the road to recovery.
The defendant, of Casement Drive in Finglas, admitted before Swords District Court to driving without insurance, driving licence or a valid NCT certificate in Dublin Road, Swords in September, 2008.
Defence lawyer Brendan Foley said Geoghegan had not been in trouble for nearly two years since the incident, and he was now free from heroin and methadone.
Mr Foley said Geoghegan, a father of one, had worked with the probation service, and had grasped the chances that he had been given by the court.
A judge fined him €750 and banned him from driving for three years.