Court of Appeal to deliver drink-driving Irish form decision

At least 1,400 cases held pending DPP’s appeal against High Court’s drink-drive ruling

 

The future of 1,400 drink-driving prosecutions, put on hold following a High Court ruling last year, are due to be decided on Tuesday at the Court of Appeal.

The court is due to rule on an appeal taken by the Director of Public Prosecutions, against a High Court ruling that found drink-driving suspects who were breathalysed at Garda stations should have been given a print-out of their results in both Irish and English.

High Court judge Mr Justice Séamus Noonan ruled the document provided to Mihai Avadenei (29), with an address in Swords, Co Dublin, had not included the Irish language “half” of the form and so was not evidence under road traffic legislation.