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Mum on a 'downward spiral' handed ban for drink-driving


Suzanne McEneff had been drinking heavily after a break-up

Suzanne McEneff had been drinking heavily after a break-up

Suzanne McEneff had been drinking heavily after a break-up

A drink-driving mother-of-one had made some "foolish decisions" after taking a relationship breakdown badly, a court has heard.

Suzanne McEneff (33) had begun drinking heavily and was on a "downward spiral" when she was caught driving over the alcohol limit.

She was banned from driving for five years and fined €400 for motoring offences at Blanchardstown District Court.

McEneff, of Rowlagh Park, Clondalkin, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of an intoxicant, having no insurance and giving gardai a false name and address at an alcohol test checkpoint at Milford Manor Estate, Clondalkin, at 1.10am on August 12, 2017.

A silver Ford Focus turned before it got to the checkpoint and went into the housing estate. Gardai followed it and stopped the accused, who was driving.


When she stepped out of the car, she was unsteady and smelled strongly of intoxicating liquor.

She failed the roadside breath test and was arrested and brought to Ballyfermot Garda Station.

The court heard gardai had also stopped McEneff driving a black Volkswagen at Orchard Road, Clondalkin, on December 24, 2017.

There were no discs displayed and she had no licence or identification with her. She gave a different name and date of birth and was arrested.

The accused had no previous convictions.

McEneff had been in a long-term relationship, which broke down in 2015 and she went on a "downward spiral," her barrister Ciaran MacLoughlin told Judge David McHugh.

She had been working as a supervisor, lost her job and began drinking heavily.

She was now working as a carer for the elderly.