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Last Updated: Wednesday, 2 June, 2004, 12:13 GMT 13:13 UK
Singer banned for drink-driving
Brendan Shine's ban will not apply to the Republic of Ireland
Brendan Shine's ban will not apply to the Republic of Ireland
Irish singer Brendan Shine has been banned from driving in the UK for a year after pleading guilty to drink-driving.

Shine, 57, was stopped by police as he drove back from a charity event to a hotel in Wigan, Greater Manchester on 19 March.

Officers confronted him in the hotel car park where they noticed "a strong smell of intoxicants on the defendant's breath", a court in Wigan heard on Wednesday.

Tests showed he had excess alcohol in his system - giving a reading of 109mg in 100ml of blood. The legal limit is 80mg.

Shine, from Ballinasloe, County Galway, was also fined 600 with 70 costs.

'Three beers'

Defence lawyer John Potter said it was: "An unfortunate case".

"On the night he was stopped he was working in this area. Normally he doesn't drive.

"He had had three bottles of beer. His daughter usually picks him up but regrettably she was taken ill.

"It was only two and a half miles back to the hotel. He wasn't aware of where it was and his hesitancy drew police attention described.

"He regrets the decision to drive back to the hotel."

The driving ban will not apply in the Republic of Ireland.

Shine has been well known in Ireland for several decades with hit singles including Do You Want Your Old Lobby Washed Down, Carrotts, Shoe The Donkey, and Celtic Tiger.


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