A motorist twice banned for driving in the Republic without insurance was banned again yesterday for seven years and fined a total of €1,300.
Donegal District Court was told there was another occasion in Northern Ireland when 25-year-old Shay McDaid was fined £200 for driving without insurance.
McDaid, of Hillhead, Castlefin, was not in court although he had instructed James Corbett, solicitor.
Mr Corbett said that he received instructions over the phone and asked McDaid to call in and there was nothing more he could do
Judge Kevin Kilrane noted the case was adjourned from a previous hearing but McDaid still wasn't in court.
He added this was his third conviction for no insurance in this State.
McDaid, who was banned for a year in 2007 and six months in 2008, was banned again for seven years and fined a total of €1,300 for having no insurance or driving licence when he was stopped by gardai at a checkpoint at Keadue, Barnesmore, last June 23.
The judge said he would consider giving McDaid leave to appeal if he turned up in Ballyshannon court on Friday or Donegal town court on Wednesday next week.