Fine Gael TD and Assistant Government Chief Whip Joe Carey
In evidence, Garda Dermot O’Rourke said that he was operating a mobile speed detection van on October 14 at Ballaghafadda West. He observed a car exceeding the speed limit by driving at 71kph in a 50kph zone, and Mr [Joe] Carey was the registered owner of the car.
Challenging the prosecution on Mr Carey’s behalf, solicitor John Callinan pointed out that the space where the picture alleged to be Mr Carey’s car registration should appear on the documentation was blacked out.
Garda O’Rourke said that the blacking out on the page had occurred because the page “went through the photocopier so many times”.
In response, Judge Patrick Durcan said: “I’m going to strike it out.”