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Colm Keaveney (file photo). Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland
Colm Keaveney

Former TD accused of driving under the influence of cocaine has court case adjourned until June

Colm Keaveney faces one count of driving with cocaine in his system.

A FORMER TD accused of driving under the influence of cocaine has had his court case adjourned until June.

Colm Keaveney, with an address at Kilcreevanty, Tuam, Co Galway, faces one count of driving with cocaine in his system. The offence is alleged to have happened on 12 June last year at Cummer in Tuam, Co Galway.

The 53-year old, a former Labour and Fianna Fáil TD who is currently a councillor on Galway County Council, came briefly before Tuam District Court this morning.

Keaveney was not in court for the short hearing.

It is alleged he drove a vehicle with cocaine in his system and that the concentration of the drug – known as Benzoylecgonine – in his blood was greater than the legal threshold, contrary to the Road Traffic Act of 2010.

Keaveney was first elected to the Dáil as a Labour candidate in 2011. He then became an Independent before joining Fianna Fáil in 2013.

He lost his Dáil seat in 2016 but was elected to Galway County Council as a Fianna Fáil candidate in 2019.

Defence solicitor Gearoid Geraghty said he had got disclosure and he needed to speak with his client. He applied for an adjournment.

Judge James Faughnan granted the request and the case has been put back to a sitting of Tuam District Court on 11 June for a plea or a date for hearing.

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