Motorcyclist involved in fatal crash had no insurance

A 28-year-old motorcyclist found not guilty last October of dangerous driving causing the deaths of three people has now been convicted of having no insurance on the day of the accident.

Three other motor-cyclists riding in convoy with him were also convicted at Carrick-on-Shannon District Court of having no insurance.

Niall McGrath from Grahamstown, Ballintra, was fined €400 for being without insurance, driving licence or tax in the accident at Ballintra, on September 11, 2005.

He avoided a driving ban when defence solicitor John McNulty told the court he sustained serious injuries in the accident and he needed his licence to travel for treatment.

But the other three drivers were banned for 12 months each for having no insurance. They were Gary McGrath, 30, also of Grahamstown, Brian Hughes, Cashel, Rossnowlagh, 32, and Ciaran Timoney, 29, Drumholme, Ballintra.

They also received fines from €100 to €300.

The court heard the four motorbikers were travelling towards Donegal Town from Ballyshannon having attended a bikers’ rally in Ballyconnell, Co. Cavan, earlier that day.

They were filtering through traffic when a multi-vehicle collision occurred..

Nora McGee, 74, from Gortahork in Donegal, was in one car and Damien and Teresa Quigg, both 49, who were a married couple from Dungiven, Co Derry, were in another. All three died in the crash.

At a separate trial of Niall McGrath last October for dangerous driving causing the three deaths a jury found him not guilty.