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No jail for woman who knocked down child

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No jail for woman who knocked down child

A woman who collided with a five-year-old girl after running a red light has been put off the road for two years and fined €400.

The young girl, who was knocked down due to reckless driving by Lisa O’Reilly, spent four days in hospital and required a walking assistance frame for four months, Tallaght Court heard.

28-year-old O’Reilly, from Parlickstown Court, Mulhuddart, Dublin, admitted dangerous driving at the Belgard Road, Tallaght, on March 29th, 2014.

The Daily Star reports that Garda Jennifer Walsh said that at 10am on March 29th, 2014, O’Reilly broke a red light, subsequently knocking down the child.

Gda Walsh stated that O’Reilly had no prior convictions, while the woman’s lawyer Gabby Deane said that her client had not seen the young girl due to her view being blocked by a van which was stopped at the junction.

Judge Bridget Reilly rejected Ms Deane’s plea to have the offence reduced to careless driving, such was the seriousness of the offence.

Ms Deane also requested that the judge not impose a driving ban on her client.

She stated that O’Reilly had never before been in trouble and had shown serious remorse for her actions, while adding that the woman’s car insurance premium had increased by €1,000 after the accident.

Justice Reilly disregarded the lawyer’s requests, fining O’Reilly €400 as well as putting the woman off the road for a two-year period.