TD fined, barred for drinking and driving offence


Fianna Fail TD Mr Liam Lawlor, of Somerton, Lucan, Co Dublin, has been disqualified from driving for a year and fined £116 when he admitted at Dun Laoghaire District Court to a drink-driving offence.

Garda James Fitzpatrick told Judge Brian Kirby yesterday that he stopped Lawlor driving at Lower Kilmacud Road on Sept ember 4th last. He got a strong smell of alcohol from Lawlor's breath and when he got out of the car he was unsteady on his feet.

Lawlor subsequently provided a blood sample at Dundrum Garda station which, after analysis, showed a concentration of 116 mgs of alcohol per 100 ml of blood.

Garda Fitzpatrick told Mr Adrian Mannering, defending, that Lawlor was "exceptionally co-operative throughout the whole matter".

Judge Kirby imposed the sentence, the conviction to be endorsed on his licence, and ordered Lawlor to pay £70 Medical Bur eau expenses. The court also gave leave for an application to be made for Lawlor's licence to be returned after six months.