Drink driving cases adjourned pending Supreme Court decision

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Drink driving cases adjourned pending Supreme Court hearing

Sixty-two drink driving cases have been adjourned at Letterkenny District Court pending a decision by the Supreme Court on the issue of whether drink driving readings should be supplied in Irish as well as English.

The cases were adjourned at Letterkenny District Court until January 19th.
The issue has been an ongoing one since September 2015 when Romanian national Mihai Avadenei challenged his prosecution in the High Court on the grounds the reading was not supplied to him in Irish. He successfully argued that the form printed out by the intoxilyser machine was invalid as it was not printed in Irish as well as English.
That decision was subsequently overturned by the Court of Appeal following an appeal by the Director of Public Prosecutions.
That decision has been appealed by Mr Avadenei to the Supreme Court. A decision on that appeal is imminent.
Some of the cases that came before Judge Paul Kelly in Letterkenny yesterday have already heard guilty pleas, and the prosecution’s case has been proven in others.
In these cases a conviction was not confirmed until the outcome of the legal challenge is determined.