first_imgFIVE Donegal men banned from driving in Northern Ireland have launched a legal case challenging driving bans being imposed in the Republic.The Road Safety Authority withdrew applications for the imposition of three other bans for other offences as the bans in Northern Ireland had since expired.In the cases of the five men, they were all caught drink-driving in Derry and Tyrone in 2013 and 2014. They had all pleaded guilty to the offences and had not attempted to appeal those convictions.Details of the grounds for the legal challenge were not given to Letterkenny District Court.However the Road Safety Authority, which implements northern bans south of the Border, is contesting the case.Solicitor Jacqueline Maloney, acting for the RSA, has provided Judge Paul Kelly with a written submission on the case.Judge Kelly told Ciaran McLaughlin, a solicitor for some of the men, and Ms Maloney, that he had just received the RSA legal arguments.He said it was a hefty submission.“I have just received this today so I will need some time to consider it,” said the judge.He adjourned the case until March 19 for hearing.It is the first case of its kind before the courts.In the Republic driving bans in Northern Ireland are enforced through an RSA application to the local district court.Motorists from the North who are banned from driving in the Republic have their bans imposed by simple administration after receiving a notice of the conviction from the RSA.One of the cases struck out yesterday involved Shaun Smith, Coylin Court, Ramelton. He had been challenging an Irish Republic ban after pleading guilty to drink driving in Derry in January last year.Ms Maloney asked for the case to be struck out because that one year ban had now expired.A second man had his case struck out as he had appealed a driving ban imposed in Tyrone for using a mobile phone and had the ban overturned.No reason was given for the withdrawal of another case involving a man from Inishowen who had been banned in 2012 for six years after being arrested for drink driving in Derry city centre.All those trying to prevent a ban in the Republic can continue to drive whilst the case is ongoing.FIVE CONVICTED DRINK DRIVERS CHALLENGE DRIVE BANS FROM NORTH was last modified: February 3rd, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img

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