26 Sept 2022

Donegal judge grants drink-driver anonymity after 'exceptional' request

Judge Alan Mitchell imposed a publication order after considering a medical report

Letterkenny court

Letterkenny courthouse

A District Court Judge in Donegal acceded to a request to grant anonymity to a woman convicted of drink-driving.

At Buncrana District Court, Judge Alan Mitchell acknowledged that the request was ‘quite exceptional’.

The woman was charged with an offence on a date in May 2021.

Gardaí stopped the vehicle she was driving.

A sample showed a reading of 144 milligrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood - almost three times the legal limit of 50/100.

Gardai said the woman was ‘fully co-operative’ with officers.

A medical report submitted to the court said the woman, a married mother-of-two, was ‘responding well to treatment’.

Her solicitor asked for the Judge to prohibit the publication of the woman’s name for medical reasons.

“I have read the report and on that basis, I won’t allow the media to publish her name,” Judge Mitchell said.

“It is quite an exceptional request, but it is based on what the doctor said.”

The woman was disqualified from driving for two years and fined €200.

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