Limerick councillor to contest drink driving case

Mike Dwane

Reporter:

Mike Dwane

Leo Walsh
A sitting member of Limerick County Council is due to appear before Limerick District Court in the coming weeks charged with a drink driving offence.

A sitting member of Limerick County Council is due to appear before Limerick District Court in the coming weeks charged with a drink driving offence.

Solicitor Adrian Frawley said that Cllr Leo Walsh would “fully contest the case”.

Cllr Walsh, 63, of Lower Raheen, Ballyneety, is charged with being in control of a mechanically propelled vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant, contrary to Section 49 of the Road Traffic Act 1961. The offence is alleged to have taken place in Ballyneety on October 3, 2011.

Seeking to have the matter marked peremptory against the state, Mr Frawley told Judge Eugene O’Kelly that the case had been listed for hearing in September of last year when it had to be adjourned because of “an enormous court list”.

And when the case had been called last March, it could not proceed because the arresting officer, Garda Sean Parsons, had been having medical treatment.

Judge O’Kelly agreed to adjourn the case to next Thursday, June 20 to fix a date, that date to be made peremptory against the state.

Cllr Walsh, who was elected to the council for Fine Gael in 2009, was not present in court on Thursday. He was elected leas-cathaoirleach of the local authority by his fellow members last year.