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Taoiseach 'Disappointed' He Only Learned Of Minister's Driving Ban Yesterday

Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

12:09 4 Jul 2020


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The Taoiseach says he's "disappointed" that he only found out yesterday about a driving ban served by Agriculture Minister Barry Cowen several years ago.

It has emerged Minister Cowen was stopped at a Garda checkpoint in 2016 on his way home to Offaly, after he attended the All-Ireland Football Final in Dublin.

The Irish Independent reports he was found to be over the limit and received a €200 euro fine and was disqualified from driving for three months.

Minister Cowen has said he is 'profoundly sorry' about the incident.

In a statement today, Taoiseach Micheál Martin said he was only made aware of the issue yesterday afternoon.

Mr Martin said: "I have spoken to Minister Cowen and I accept that his remorse about this incident is genuine.

"I am disappointed that I learned about it in this way and have made that clear to him.”

Main image: File photo of Barry Cowen and Micheál Martin. Photo: RollingNews.ie

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