9km/h fugitive Clare Daly TD

Have you seen this woman?

Do not approach her.

She’s upset the establishment.

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?.”

Judge Zaidan refused an adjournment and ordered a bench- warrant.

Ms Daly’s crime?

Driving 59 km/h in a 50 km/h area.

Good times.

Breaking: Judge in Naas Court orders warrant for arrest of Clare Daly TD (Kildare Now)

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50 thoughts on “WANTED!

  1. Anomanomanom

    So its disrespectful to leave, disrespectful to who? Poor judge, wasting state resources with a warrant just because his feelings are hurt.

    1. Daisy Chainsaw

      It would be more disrespectful to her constituents to not turn up for her Dail responsibilities because she has to sit around for 4 hours to pay a fine and get a couple of points on her licence just to satisfy the ego of some judge.

  2. ivan

    Dunno the full facts but given that her liberty wasn’t at risk, the judge could have heard the case in her absence; rule of thumb – if you show up, the fine is less and the points are the same because there’s no discretion. Send a solicitor, you’re still *probably* OK.

    Whiff of self importance from the bench, there…I’ve never seen a bench warrant for speeding (esp with no previous)

    1. ReproBertie

      I had one issued when I failed to turn up to court for speeding. Had no previous and was not a memeber of the Oireachtas.

    2. thecitizenatbarneys

      The Judge is known to have, how would one best put it, “notions”. Or to put it another way, some might say he was “ambitious”.
      Both serious crimes in Ireland.

    3. Fergus the magic postman

      It’s actually nothing short of pathetic. Considering the history the law has with Clare Daly, which doesn’t show them in the best light (if I’m being kind), along with the current ongoing and recent developments in the whistle blowers scandal, this is at best a moronic error of judgement by one ..er, judge, who knew this was going to grab headlines, and had the option of handling it differently, but chose not to.

  3. Boy M5

    It is common practise to have a solicitor or other representative to plead on your behalf. It happens every day, all over the country. It is normal. Her leaving the court had no bearing on the case being heard. Her solicitor could have pleaded.

    So why did this judge act differently in the case of socialist TD Clare Daly who exposes Garda corruption?

  4. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

    What an impressive selection of names. Mel Smyth!? Cairbre Finan? Judge Des Zaidan? It’s like something out of a bad crime novel.

  5. Bonkers

    That Judge Zaidan is well known as a looper in Naas District Court. He gives convictions and €1500 fines out like confetti for the few caught with weed at Punchestown concerts. He’s not a fan of women either.

      1. martco

        I wouldn’t think so but I’d lay money that (even allowing for this particular judges known quirkyness) if the offender was say any of the a-list FF/FG/LAB establishment TD’s this would not have occurred.

        Clare Daly you are fab & please keep up the great work!

        1. Bob

          if it were one of those guys, the Garda in question wouldn’t have issued the ticket in the first place.

  6. Boy M5

    There was a bench warrant issued for brother years ago for a parking ticket court non appearance. He had gone to live abroad and wasn’t aware of the summons. When two Garda arrived at my mother’s door to arrest him, she asked why on earth would a judge issue a warrant for a parking ticket. They replied “Probably because his surname is in Irish and the judge is a west Brit”. They toddled off and told her not to worry about it.

    1. Boy M5

      You have the option of paying the fine or contesting it. If you contest, if goes to court where the fine is higher if the offense is proven. Years ago, all speeding fines went to court.

    2. ivan

      if you’re caught speeding, a fixed penalty notice issues, asking you to pony up 80 quid within a fixed period of time. If you don’t, it goes up to 120 and you get another month or so. This carries a 3 point penalty.

      if you don’t pay THEN…a summons issues and you get to go to court where the options tend to be

      a) sure that wasn’t me at all (contest)
      b) i got the notice, forgot to pay/paid just on time but money didn’t go thru in time
      c) i didn’t get the notice and if i did, i’d have paid it and i shouldn’t be here.

  7. topsy

    Never mind Daly. What about Barry Andrews. Another FF failure who got a handy job with Goal and now has resigned again as a failure. Quality gob saw

  8. Junkface

    How many other people are in court for going 9km/hr over the speed limit? They have it in for herself and fluffy pink.

    Banana republic

    1. topsy

      Her case was due to be called no 188 of 188 cases. Obviously intended to frustrate Daly. Separation of state and the legislature is non existent. Obviously state interference. Disgusting.

      1. Rob_G

        I would have thought that a member of the Oireachtas having to turn up at court along with the great unwashed was as clear-cut an example of the separation of the legislature and judiciary as you could get.

    2. classter

      I went to court for the same reason – and 8km/hr over the limit.

      I was annoyed at myself for not just paying the fine on time & avoiding the court appearance.

      Whereas when the same thing happens to Daly, it somehow relates to corruption?

  9. Truth in the News

    If I was Judge Zaidan I would tread with caution, all this is a waste of time and resources, one may ask
    who elevated this individual to bench…as to Deputy Daly she was in court and instructed a solicitor to
    plead guilty on exceeding the limit by 9km, its becoming apparent that those aspire to sit on the wool
    sacks and dress up in brass and buckles are bit disconcerted that their cosy world is under threat
    I wonder who in the Guards will go out and arrest Daly,….once they do and let hope they do, there
    wonn’t be many more bench warrants issued on a trivial issue under Road Traffic Acts..

    1. Sheik Yahbouti

      It would be funny – if it wasn’t pathetic AND sinister at one and the same time. Despite appearances this country IS getting worse. I know poor ol’ Orwell is nearly done to death but, how wise, how prescient he was. In our great little Republic ‘Newspeak ‘ and all that entails is the order of the day.

  10. Kolmo

    Judge dislikes uppity female radical shocker..if the proles manage to whip the gardaí into a modicum of modernity through purges of the obviously corrupt and incompetent element – the laughably self-important and massively overpaid judiciary are next…is probably what he’s thinking. Wallace TD has been threatened by unknown elements since he started sniffing around NAMA & friends, very brave people.

  11. Kieran NYC

    Where are we on the ability to fire judges/implement the new system of appointment Shane Ross was looking for?

    1. Liam Deliverance

      @Kieran NYC – No doubt that is on the proverbial long finger like a lot of other things in this country. Putting things on the long finger is, in a nutshell, our biggest barrier to making this country even a slightly better place to live.

  12. Limey Tank

    You’d never catch a FF/G oireachtas member, acting in such contempt, as the ticket would have been disappeared long before a court appearance.

  13. Truth in the News

    What about the Guards publishing and placing in the public domain the names and addresses of those
    who had their Penalty Poinst cancelled, how come the likes of Liz O’Donnell who in charge of the Road Safety Authority has not demanded it, does not the failure to do undermine the function of RSA

  14. 15 cents

    he’s a contrary judge too .. in a case where someons staffordshire terrier mauled another dog, zaidan wondered aloud how anyone could like those types of dog.

    – “I don’t know how anyone can like these dogs, looking at these dogs, how can you like them?.”

    that’s not a judges place to say, and shows how he can be swayed on court matters by his own tastes and preferences.

  15. moose

    If the solicitor had been instructed to plead guilty on her behalf I really fail to see the problem. If you walk into the District Court on any given day you will see any number of speeding fines being dealt with- in my experience, the people that dont bother to turn up get harsher fines but I have never seen a bench warrant issued when a plea has been entered by her advocate seems nuts!

    Her case being 188/188 is of little bearing, again, from experience the Court tends to deal with minor traffic offenses first and then move on to the things that require hearing.

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