The Western People newspaper (behind paywall) quotes the judge as making the remarks when he was justifying his use of the Probation Act, which allows the motorist to escape conviction free.
The court report article did not mention if a fine was issued or if points were applied to the driver’s licence.
While driving out from a side road, the motorist hit a cyclist outside Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon. The driver’s solicitor said that he did not see the cyclist before pulling out of a side road and “clipping” his bicycle and knocking the cyclist over. There was no mention of visibility issues and it was described as a bright day.
The driver admitted responsibility at the scene, was insured and offered to buy the cyclist a new bicycle.
Meanwhile, the cyclist killed at the weekend outside a neighbouring town was named as 47-year-old Jarlath Kelly. He was killed in a collision between his bicycle and a car on the road to Ballaghaderreen outside Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo.