TV star makes speedy donation

RTE television presenter Maura Derrane was prosecuted at Naas Court last week on an allegation of driving too fast.

RTE television presenter Maura Derrane was prosecuted at Naas Court last week on an allegation of driving too fast.

Ms Derrane with an address at Coadys Quay, The Look Out, Dungarvan, Waterford, was before the court on allegation of speeding on July 6 last.

Sgt. Keevans told the court she was driving a Toyota Prius car at 145kph in a 120kph zone at Osberstown, Naas.

He said the incident took place at 7.15pm when traffic was moderately heavy and weather conditions were dry at the time. He said the defendant apologised. He added she was helpful and cooperative but had forgotten to pay a fixed charge which was issued.

The case was adjourned to Thursday last (March 10) from a previous sitting of the District Court at Naas.

Solicitor Cairbre Finan told Judge Des Zaidan that she drove her car for a living and she also asked him to apologise.

The defendant agreed to make a charitable donation of E700 and asked that this be donated to an animal welfare charity. The money is to be donated to the Kildare Animal Foundation.