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Clergyman back on the road

Reverend Canon Bob Hanna has had a driving ban lifted against him, having appealed his conviction for speeding at Monday’s sitting of Ennis Circuit Court.

The Church of Ireland cleric had received a six-month driving ban for speeding on the N18 at Bunratty, where he was travelling at 135km per hour in a 100km zone on April 17 last.

He was convicted in his absence at an Ennis District Court sitting in December and received a six month driving ban and €500 fine.

Canon Hanna appealed the conviction and at Ennis Circuit Court on Monday his appeal was heard.  It was outlined that the defendant was “abusive and aggressive” towards the garda who detected the speeding offence and a written apology was proferred to the court.

Presiding Judge Tom O’Donnell ordered that the driving ban be lifted and he reduced the €500  fine to €250.

About Carol Byrne

Carol Byrne is a reporter at The Clare Champion newspaper reporting on news in the East Clare area and the arts. She also covers the courts in County Clare and has received seven national awards for this coverage from the Law Society of Ireland and a National Lottery Local Ireland national media award for Best Community Story 2019. A Masters in Journalism graduate of NUI Galway, she also holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Limerick in Music and Media Studies, and a Higher Diploma in Irish Legal Studies. She began her career interning at The Limerick Leader and Clare FM, before taking up a full time post at The Clare Champion in 2006.

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