Bus driver, who was allegedly nine times over legal alcohol limit, appears in Kildare court

Court hears bus was allegedly swerving on N7

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Bus driver, who was allegedly nine times over legal alcohol limit, appears in Kildare court

Michael Connolly, Rossport, Ballina

Michael Connolly (65) of Rossport, Ballina, appeared before Naas District Court this morning on charges of drink driving and dangerous driving.

Judge Desmond Zaidan noted that when the charges were put to Mr Connolly, he replied 'I'm stupid.'

Judge Zaidan said that the State will be alleging that there was a report of a bus swerving on the N7 on October 2 last.

It's alleged gardai went to the scene with flashing lights and brought bus to a stop on the hard shoulder. On speaking to the driver, they formed the opinion that he was intoxicated. The man was arrested under the Road Traffic Act. 

It is alleged that he had 84mg of alcohol in his system and the limit for a bus driver is 9mg. Judge Zaidan said it was a "serious allegation". 

The court was told the file has gone to the Director of Public Prosecutions for directions. 

The case has been adjourned for six weeks to November 28. There were no objections to bail.