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Judge bans Irish man from driving for 80 years - will be eligible to drive again when he's 104

A "prolific" motoring offender who crashed into a garden wall after using cannabis has been banned from driving for 80 years.

Sean Moynihan (24) was given a series of disqualifications meaning he will not be eligible to drive again until the age of 104.

The father-of-two admitted driving under the influence of an intoxicant as well as nine counts of uninsured driving among a litany of 77 charges at Dublin District Court. Judge Anthony Halpin imposed fines totalling €13,000 and gave him a one-year suspended sentence.

Moynihan, of Fitzgibbon Court, Dublin 1, also admitted separate counts of dangerous and careless driving, having no insurance or licence, theft, attempted theft, and public order offences. He already had four prior convictions for uninsured driving before he admitted another nine.

Judge Halpin remarked that there were prosecutions for 19 incidents before the court.

On December 17, 2014, the accused was seen in the driver's seat of a car on Killarney Street, Dublin 1. There was a strong smell of cannabis and the accused had cannabis in his system after he was tested.

On August 16, 2014 he was arrested in Howth after he crashed into a resident's wall after a short pursuit, causing just under €5,000 worth of damage. He tested positive for cannabis.

The court heard Moynihan had 82 previous convictions and is serving a sentence.

Defence solicitor Edward Bradbury accepted Moynihan's offending was "very prolific".

He said the educational system "just didn't work" for the accused and he had gone into adult life without basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Judge Halpin suspended the sentence for two years. "He's getting a chance here today but he's a person who shouldn't be on the road," the judge said.



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