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Veteran Corrib campaigner receives driving ban


Veteran Corrib campaigner banned from driving

Áine Ryan

VETERAN Shell to Sea campaigner Maura Harrington was last week disqualified from driving for two years by Judge Denis McLoughlin. Her case was before Belmullet District Court for offences allegedly committed on August 1 and 3, 2012, which involved obstruction, dangerous driving and criminal damage.  
Ms Harrington, of Doohoma, did not appear in court for medical reasons.
She had requested that a lengthy submission about the policing of the Corrib Gas project be read into the record by her counsel, Mr Alan Gannon. However, the judge said the ‘so-called submission’ was not relevant to the matters before the court and declined the request.
Judge McLoughlin convicted and fined Ms Harrington €600 and disqualified her from driving for two years. The ban will not come into effect until June next to facilitate medical appointments.
The judge also directed that Ms Harrington pay €776 in compensation to An Garda Síochána for damage inflicted on a Garda jeep while towing her away.
Mr Alan Gannon confirmed afterwards that his client intends to appeal the conviction.