Sinn Fein politician glad that drink driving charges were withdrawn

If you were in support of the Sinn Fein political party, then you would have been taken aback from the news that has been spread all over media. Even if you are not amongst the fan of the politician, you do not expect your politicians to evade the charges that the general public has to pay and probably have been praising the act of the court. You are definitely right about the stance. However, not everything that comes in media is the complete truth or sometimes the truth never open up on media unless it is too long. In the case of Sinn Fein politician, I guess the latter is true.

A Sinn Fein party member has been in news for evading the charges that he has been facing for the non-payment of the ticket that he received on his driving license. Social media has been full of bashing statements for him and glorifying court as the court has done something out of context for making a politician accountable. But is that the complete truth? Are you sure? Don’t know. Okay. Let us explain the whole situation as Sinn Fein has explained in one of the tweets that he has recently done to clarify the matter.

According to Sinn Fein, he was charged for the breach of a road sign while driving in Belfast. He was stopped by the police officer and required to produce his driving license on the spot, but he failed to do so (not confirmed yet). This is why the police officer on duty asked to produce his driving documents to be examined by PSNI within 7 days. This was the charge that has made put him and his driving solicitors in the headlines.

Now that he has confirmed that the summon has been withdrawn, the reason behind the charge was some confusion or technical error. The fixed penalty that the police authorities imposed on Sinn Fein for not abiding by the road sign was made on time by the politician. However, his cheque was not accepted by the police authorities because there was an admin error related to the date on the ticket and date on the cheque.

Luckily, the error was not from Fein’s side and it was PSNI who had issued a ticket that was out of date. Thus, the cheque presented by the politician was returned to him. This error from PNSI resulted in all the hype to the story. When all this matter was presented to the court, the matter has been decided in favour of the politician and his summons have been withdrawn, which is a positive sign. Still, this is one of the bad examples that have been said by the police department according to many people. The case of Sinn Fein is one of the reported cases.

There are number of such cases that go unreported but the citizens have to suffer psychological and financial losses for fixing them. But on a brighter side Sinn Fein has proved his innocence.

Teenager injured after falling while ‘tram surfing’ is awarded over £500,000

Rebecca Kelly was only 13 when her and her friend decided to try out tram surfing. The girls jumped a tram in south Dublin and wedged their fingers in the door to hold on. While doing so the tram started to move, causing Kelly to fall backwards onto the tracks and hitting her head.

Tram surfing has become a popular activity for teenagers over the past few years as they will jump onto the tram and hold on for their safety, it gives them an adrenaline rush and it known to be fun and adventurous. Kelly and her mother, Elizabeth Kelly, sued the Laus operators Veolia Transport-Dublin Light-Rail LTD and the Veolia Transport Ireland LTD after the accident, which happened in September of 2010, leaving her with a brain injury. As Rebecca was laying on the tracks after falling from the tram her friend rushed to rescue her as an oncoming train was arriving.

It has been 8 years since the injury and Kelly’s persistence is finally paying off as she was recently awarded £500,000. Kelly’s claims were of negligence causing personal injury. She was very firm during this proceeding that she did not want to blame the driver for her fall. Her claim was that the tram operator was not able to see both sides of the tram prior to leaving the station. As the operator pulled up to the station, he was watching the platform at the station to watch out for all the passengers coming and going. Her claims containing poor visibility were denied as they said she knew what she was doing was dangerous and she was not thinking of her personal safety.

There has been a known issue in the UK and Ireland for years, and the trams were applied with grease and cameras to prevent this from happening. Regardless of their efforts Kelly was able to climb onto the tram, which unfortunately ended with her injury. Kelly, who has just given birth to her first child only weeks ago, has been open regarding the accident. She acknowledged that the accident was her fault as she was aware that she shouldn’t have been tram surfing. The court applauded Kelly’s honesty and decided against lecturing her regarding the accident.

The Laus tram system had 54 injuries between year 2005 to 2010 which encouraged them to add metal strips to the door so it would be difficult for people to wedge their fingers into the door. This method has been helpful in steering people away from this sport. The High Court awarded Kelly £500,000 for falling off the tram in 2010, regardless of her personal injury solicitors admitting that it was her fault.