From top: Barry Cowen (left) Minister for Agriculture and the Marine receiving his seal of office from President Michael D. Higgins (right) at Dublin Castle; Mr Cowen in 2016, the year his Renault Megane was stopped at a Garda checkpoint on his way back to Offaly from the All-Ireland football final
Last night/this morning.
The ban arose as Mr Cowen [age 49 at the time] was not driving on a full licence. He was categorised as a ‘specified driver’ as he was driving on a Learner Permit.
[Taoiseach and Fiann Fáil leader] Mr [Micheá] Martin didn’t know about the offence when he selected Mr Cowen as a minister.
Mr Martin said:
“I first became aware of this issue on Friday afternoon. I have spoken to Minister Cowen and I accept that his remorse about this incident is genuine.
“I am disappointed that I learned about it in this way and have made that clear to him.”
“The incident occurred on the night of September 18, 2016”
Meanwhile Tuesday, 29th Jan 2013https://t.co/09ro9gDWNo
— PieceOfPi552 (@PieceOfPi552) July 4, 2020
There you go now.
Get angry. Its one law for them & another law for others. Cowen is in good company with his Midlands Minister @RobertTroyTD and the curious case of the 3 missing summons and the penalty points quashed. And they have the neck to lecture the rest of us. 🙄https://t.co/UOVd72jXgs
— Politics Watch (@PoliticsWatch14) July 4, 2020
Barry Cowen timetable is not remotely credible.
1. Had 2 pints.
2. Went Croke Park for All Island final, 2 hours.
3. Left Croke Park and got food, minimum 1 hour.
4. Drove to Offaly, minimum 90 mins on All Ireland final day.
So, 4.5 hours after 2 pints he was over limit?
— Revolution 🐊 (@Revolution_IRL) July 4, 2020
Something very odd in this case . Barry Cowen TD is very 53 . Apparently he had a provisional driving licence at age 49.. It took me a few years to pass my test but 32 years that's a bit of a stretch or did he previously have a full licence and lose it ? Ff are back
— Caoimhin O Hailpin (@Cohailpin) July 4, 2020