Ex-Buffers Alley star facing jail threat for insurance offences
Published 21/01/2016 | 15:58
Repeatedly driving without insurance left former Buffers Alley hurling star Michael Paul Gahan with 20 months in prison hanging over his head.
Gorey District Court was told that Gahan, now in his early 50s, with an address at 3 Cúil na Tire, Monamolin, continued driving despite the fact that several cars in which he was found on the road by Garda Michael Burke were impounded.
The defendant, described by his solicitor Susan Martin as an alcoholic who has been sober for eight years, pleaded guilty to four counts of driving without insurance cover.
He first came to the attention of the garda on April 4 last when the Cork registered vehicle he was driving was seized at Frankfort in Gorey.
A fortnight later he was seen at the wheel by the same garda, this time in Blackstoops, though Burke was unable to speak to the defendant and he only caught up with Gahan seven hours later, this time driving a Dublin registered vehicle.
The latest offence was detected at Ballyellan on January 2 when, again, the car being driven by the father of six was seized.
The court was told that previous convictions were handed down in the Circuit Court in October, 2012 for drink driving.
As a result, he was disqualified when he came to attention once more last April.
Judge Gerard Haughton described what he had heard as total and utter disregard of the court imposed disqualification.
He bound the defendant to the peace for two years as he marked consecutive jail terms amounting to 20 months, with a seven year ban from holding a licence.
'If he drives again within two years, he can expect to serve the 20 months,' the judge told Ms Martin.