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Uninsured dad collected teen from party


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A concerned father drove without insurance after his teenager rang him in a panic asking to be collected from a house party, a court heard.

Damien Lynch (40) was told by the 17-year-old that there was trouble at the party.

Defence solicitor Kevin Tunney said Lynch was driving his partner's car.

He said she had an open insurance policy on the vehicle, but Lynch did not have insurance because he had no driving licence. If Lynch had a licence, he would have been covered by his partner's policy, said Mr Tunney.

The solicitor said Lynch got a call from his 17-year-old who told him there was trouble at a party.

Mr Tunney said Lynch took the car and collected the young person.

The court heard Lynch has 10 previous convictions, including one for having no insurance.

Judge Bridget Reilly ordered a pre-sentence report to see if Lynch is suitable for community service and adjourned sentencing to December.

The defendant, of Avonbeg Park, Tallaght, admitted at Tallaght District Court to driving without insurance at Treepark Road, Kilnamanagh, last February 10.