Belfast Telegraph

Driving ban for priest travelling at 100mph

By Nevin Farrell

A priest caught doing 100mph while on his way to open up a community centre to hold a service for the deaf has been banned from driving for a month.

Fr Patrick Devlin (52) of the St Vincent de Paul parish in the Ligoneil area of north Belfast, was driving an Audi A4 on the M2 in Co Antrim on March 12, when caught.

The priest from Ligoneil Road, who is a chaplain responsible for the deaf community in the Down & Connor Diocese, already had nine penalty points.

He was banned for a month and fined £75 after pleading guilty to speeding at Antrim Magistrates Court.

District Judge Peter King said getting fixed penalties was ­"almost an annual event" for the priest.

He added: "You are sailing very close to the wind in terms of speed and holding onto your licence."

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