Clonmany man wants licence re-instated

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A Clonmany man who was disqualified from driving for five years in 2012 has been ordered by a judge to complete a pro-social driving course in order for his licence to be re-instated early.

Solicitor Frank Dorrian submitted an application on behalf of Mark O’Donnell, Gaddyduff, who wished to have his driving disqualification lifted after he was disqualified for dangerous driving. Mr Dorrian said 40 months had passed and O’Donnell “regretted” the offence, adding it was more “driving miscreants” than dangerous driving. He said O’Donnell needed his licence to obtain any chance of employment,adding he had health issues which are “resolving”. He added his driving was “symptomatic of his demeanour at the time.”

The court heard the offence related to an incident involving fisheries officers, during which O’Donnell “drove around” them on a beach. Judge Paul Kelly told O’Donnell he needs to complete a pro-social driving course and pay 150 euro towards its costs. He adjourned the matter to December to allow O’Donnell to begin or complete the course, stating if he does so, he’ll grant the application.