A bench warrant has just been issued at Naas District Court for the arrest of TD Clare Daly.
On this New Year's Day, at Newbridge, Independent 4 Change TD, Clare Daly, with an address at Swords, was caught driving at a speed of 59km/hr in a 50km/hr zone at Ballymany, Newbridge.
Inspector Mel Smyth outlined that Deputy Daly, originally from Newbridge, has no previous convictions.
Defence solicitor, Cairbre Finan, told the court that Deputy Daly is not present, but had come into court to instruct him to plead guilty on her behalf.
Judge Desmond Zaidan said: "She came into the court like everyone else, she saw how busy we were. A member of the Oireachtas came in and left, what kind of respect is that?"
The defence solicitor argued that Deputy Daly did not mean any disrespect to the court, and that because it is the first day of hearing, he requested one week's adjournment.
Judge Zaidan refused an adjournment and ordered a bench- warrant with discretion.
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