Road ban for holding phone lifted

A PORTARLINGTON man convicted of his third offence for holding a mobile phone while driving successfully appealed a driving disqualification.

A PORTARLINGTON man convicted of his third offence for holding a mobile phone while driving successfully appealed a driving disqualification.

Daniel Allman, 77 Railway Mews, Portarlington, was fined €300 and disqualified from driving for one year, having been caught on June 8 last year. Garda Keiran Mahony gave evidence that a fixed penalty notice was issued, but Allman did not pay it. He also failed to appear in the district court.

Mr Hanniffy told Judge Hunt that Allman has got employment as a courier and so needs his licence. Judge Hunt agreed to reduce the fine to €150, but ordered Allman to make a €200 contribution to the Portlaoise Family Resource Centre.