Former Senator to return from Canada to face charges

June 16, 2021

A former Fianna Fail Senator is to return from Canada to face alleged hit and run and drink driving charges in Co Donegal.

Brian O Domhnaill was due to appear before Falcarragh District Court today.

Mr O Domhnaill, who is originally from Killult in Falcarragh, faces a number of charges.

The 42-year-old faces four charges arising out of an alleged incident at Tullygay, Letterkenny on September 2, 2013.

He is no longer a Senator having lost his seat in March, 2020 when he had been an Independent Senator.

The charges include drink driving, hit and run failing to report an occurrence, hit and run failing to remain at the scene and hit and run failing to give appropriate information.

However, his barrister Mr Dáithí Mac Cárthaigh, told Judge Paul Kelly that his client was now living in Quebec in Canada.

The case was conducted in the Irish language and has been adjourned on approximately 20 occasions to date.

Judge Kelly asked Mr Mac Cárthaigh what direction the case was likely to take.

Mr Mac Cárthaigh said that his client is “working towards a guilty plea.”

Judge Kelly adjourned the case for hearing to July 28th at Glenties District Court.

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