A WATERFORD man who has never had a driving licence was before Letterkenny District Court on road traffic charges this week.

Denis Daly (33) of McGuire House, Bath Street in Waterford, was charged with drink driving, driving without insurance and driving without a licence. 

Sergeant Jim Collins told the court that Daly was in Donegal for the Donegal Rally when he was stopped by Gardaí on June 22, 2019. Gardaí detected a strong smell of alcohol from the car.

A demand was made for Daly to produce documentation, but none were forthcoming.

Solicitor for Daly, Mr Patsy Gallagher, said his client, a father-of-two who is in a long-term relationship had ‘sought solace for ongoing demons’. 

“His reading was 26, but his friend was a lot more and Mr Daly took the keys to drive,” Mr Gallagher said.

“He was more capable at the time. He accepts the difficulties. The reading is at the lower end. He was ill-conceived on the day in question and there is no excuse.”

Daly has a number of previous convictions for road traffic matters and the court heard that he never had a driving licence.

Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the matter until February 3, 2020.


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