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07 Oct 2022

Man stopped at sulky race in Laois fined for covid breach

Court - Smashed garda patrol car outside Portlaoise courthouse

A man who was caught in breach of Covid regulations near a sulky race in Portlaoise was fined €50.

James O’Reilly, 21, of Bay 4 Kilbarry Halting Site, Co Waterford couldn’t explain to gardai why he was outside the 5km zone when he was stopped at Clonad, Portlaoise on January 24 last year. 

Portlaoise District Court was told the defendant, who wasn’t present in court, couldn’t explain why he was outside his 5km limit. 

The prosecuting Sergeant said “there was a sulky race going on in Portlaoise that morning.” He said “he was in a car following it.” 

 “I issued him a fixed charge penalty notice which he failed to pay,” the Sgt said. 

Judge Michelle Finan convicted the man and fined him  €50. She fixed recognisance in case of appeal.

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