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Kinsella's drink-drive charge is thrown out


Ex-football star Mark Kinsella

Ex-football star Mark Kinsella

Ex-football star Mark Kinsella

Former Republic of Ireland football star Mark Kinsella has been cleared of drink-driving.

The 45-year-old coach with Drogheda United appeared before Dublin District Court yesterday.

Mr Kinsella, of Brooklawn, Finnstown, Lucan, Dublin, had pleaded not guilty to driving an 05-reg vehicle while over the alcohol limit on February 11 on the R121 at Westmanstown, Dublin.


Dressed in black trousers, a white shirt and a blue jacket, he stood up when his case was called but remained silent during the proceedings.

Gda Paul Doona told Judge Patricia McNamara: "A member of the public who allegedly observed the driving is not willing to cooperate; I wish to withdraw the matter."

Judge McNamara struck out the case, leaving Mr Kinsella free to go.

No evidence was heard.

Former midfielder Mr Kinsella's football career took off when he joined Colchester United in 1989.

He signed for Charlton Athletic in 1996 and helped the Addicks win promotion to the Premier League.

He was capped 48 times for Ireland and played in the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea.

He later played for Aston Villa, West Bromwich Albion and Walsall before he moved into management and coaching.