Limerick woman remanded on bail for sentencing over Garda injury case

The Limerick Court Complex in Mulgrave Street

A LIMERICK WOMAN who admitted to drink driving and dangerous driving causing life-changing injuries to a Garda Inspector has been remanded on continuing bail to a pre-sentencing hearing later this month.

Niamh McDonnell (30), with an address at Gortskagh, Castlemahon, County Limerick, pleaded guilty last May to drink driving and dangerous driving causing serious injury to Garda Inspector Niall Flood.

Inspector Flood was off duty and cycling near the village of Dromcollogher, west Limerick, at the time he was struck by a car driven by Ms McDonnell, on June 30 2022.

Last May, prosecution counsel Lily Buckley BL told Limerick Circuit Court that Inspector Flood suffered “life-changing injuries” in the collision.

Ms Buckley said it would take the State “some time to put the medieval evidence together” and Inspector Flood’s treatment was “continuing”.

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The west Limerick Inspector Flood was thrown from his bike into a ditch in the impact.

He was treated at the scene by Garda colleagues and paramedics before being airlifted to Cork University Hospital on board the Irish Community Air Ambulance.

This past Monday (June 3), the case was mentioned before Limerick Circuit Criminal Court and it was heard that a probation report relating to Ms O’Donnell, as well as a medical report outlining the serious injuries caused to Inspector Flood, were not yet completed.

Judge Tom O’Donnell adjourned the case to July 27 with a view to setting a date for sentencing and remanded the defendant on continuing bail to appear in court on that date.