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A TRAINEE electrician did not have insurance because he was changing providers and the money to pay for the new policy was late coming through, a court has heard.

Conor Coleman (25) accepted he made an error and asked Judge John O'Leary not to put him off the road.

The judge fined Coleman €800 but did not disqualify him from driving.

The defendant, of Pinewood Green Road in Balbriggan, admitted driving without insurance at Drogheda Street in Balbriggan on January 14, 2020.

Swords District Court heard gardaí were called to a minor road traffic accident. When they spoke to Coleman he did not have an insurance certificate displayed on his vehicle.

Gardaí requested him to produce his insurance but he failed to do so.

Defence lawyer Annette Kealy handed into court an insurance certificate which Coleman took out the day after the incident.

Ms Kealy said he was changing insurance companies and there were a few days where his policy had lapsed as payment was late going through.

Ms Kealy said he made a foolish mistake and asked the judge not to ban him from driving.

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