A Irish businesswoman and reality television personality was fined €750 in court following a dangerous driving incident on the M4 near Kilcock.
At Kilcock District Court on Tuesday last, 16 April, Danielle Meagher who runs what was described as an “aesthetic medicine” business, pleaded guilty to the charge.
Ms. Meagher (38), a qualified dentist, has a number of clinics connected with the botox business. She also featured in the TV3 series ‘Dublin Wives’.
On 8 July 2012, her driving was spotted by an off duty Garda, Kevin Molyneaux, who is based at Donnybrook Garda station.
He was travelling in his own car around 8.15pm, and there was a lot of traffic coming back from Galway.
Around five or six cars were behind a slowing moving car.
Ms. Meagher’s car, a white Evoke jeep, first overtook the cars in the slow lane by the hard shoulder. She then pulled across the road into the fast lane without using her indicator.
Garda Molyneaux said there was a “domino effect” of braking by cars in the fast lane.
He said he called to Ms. Meagher at her home in Goatstown, Dublin 14, and spoke to her.
She was asked for driving documents but did not produce them in time.
Garda Molyneaux then said Ms. Meagher “implied I was bullying her because she had a nice car”.
The Court was told that Ms. Meagher was initially pleading not guilty, but that morning she opted to plead guilty. Three witness had turned up and Garda Molyneaux had located them using the camera system on the road.
Legal counsel for Ms. Meagher said she had reported something else to Gardai herself and when Garda Molyneaux came she thought it was about that.
It was 8.30am when he called and she was getting ready, her counsel said.
In that incident, Ms. Meagher was concerned that a car driving very close to the back of her own car and that the occupiers might have been videotaping her car with a mobile phone.
Judge Zaidan said he never “heard such a silly excuse”.
The Court heard that the defendant had a previous conviction for road traffic offences.
On 13 February 2008, she was fined for driving across a median strip and on 25 March 2008, a charge involving a mobile phone was struck out after she agreed to give money to a charity.
Her counsel said she had “no real excuse” for the latest incident.
Regarding the entire road manoeuvre, Judge Zaidan asked had she heard the word “patience.”
A lot of accidents can be caused by impatience, he said.
“My client realises it was foolish,” said the legal representative.
She also apologised to the Garda and he accepted that.
Her counsel then asked if the Judge would consider a charity donation instead of a convictions.
He said she would make a donation to a charity anyway, even in the event of a fine.
Judge Zaidan said he would fine her, given two previous Court offences, and asked, rhetorically, why she should not be disqualified from driving. “The arrogance of her approach was frightening. She wasn’t very pleasant to the Garda,” he said.
In addition to the fine, Ms. Meagher was also ordered to pay expenses of €100 for each of the three witnesses.