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Conor McGregor says it’s ‘great to be back’ as he appears in court over driving charges

He fist-pumped an excited fan as he sat in the public gallery until his case was called

Conor McGregor arrives at Blanchardstown District Court in Dublin, where he is charged with driving offences. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire© PA

Conor McGregor arrives at Blanchardstown District Court in Dublin, where he is charged with driving offences. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire© PA

Conor McGregor arrives at Blanchardstown District Court in Dublin, where he is charged with driving offences. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire© PA

Tom TuiteSunday World

LAWYERS for Conor McGregor have asked gardai to consider "a proposal" in the UFC star's dangerous driving prosecution in Dublin, a court has heard.

Gardai stopped the mixed martial artist (MMA) driving a high-performance Bentley Continental GT on March 22 in west Dublin.

He was arrested and initially charged with two counts of dangerous driving in the 2019-reg car at the N4/M50 interchange in Palmerstown and Lucan Road, being uninsured, having no licence, and failing to produce his documents within ten days.

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) directed summary disposal of the case at district court level.

There had been brief hearings in April and June, and in September when he was further charged with careless driving, a lesser offence, in connection with the incident.

The fighter returned to Blanchardstown District Court this morning when he was expected to enter a plea.

Clean-shaven and wearing a blue suit, McGregor, who arrived in a black Range Rover, greeted reporters with "hello, good morning" as he strode into the courthouse.

He fist-pumped an excited fan as he sat in the public gallery until his case was called when he moved over to the defendant's bench.

Conor McGregor arrives at Blanchardstown District Court in Dublin, where he is charged with driving offences. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire© PA

His barrister David Staunton said that the court had, on the last date, kindly facilitated an adjournment for the new charge to be explained to McGregor.

Counsel said, "We have instructions to make a proposal", adding that the defence had spoken to the prosecuting officer, Garda Denis Lordon, who would require directions from the DPP.

A plea still needs to be entered.

Judge David McHugh remarked that the matter has been on the court's list "for some time." He reminded the barrister that the court was told there would be progress on the last occasion.

He stressed that the defence could not continue "to be put into the list and then put back" and asked if a hearing date was required.

In reply, Mr Staunton conceded that was a fair observation, but he was reluctant to seek a hearing date and did not think it would be required. He added that the garda needed to obtain the directions.

Video shows Conor McGregor arriving at court in Rolls Royce to face driving charges

After asking the defence how long was needed, Judge McHugh adjourned the case and ordered McGregor to appear again on January 11.

Furthermore, he warned that he expected the case to proceed on the next date when it will be listed at 11.30 am and given a 15 – 20 minute slot.

Dubliner McGregor did not address the court and left following a consultation with his legal team.

However, he stopped to give a young fan an autograph and told reporters, "all good, great to be back", before getting into his Range Rover and being driven away.

On conviction, dangerous driving carries a maximum fine of up to €5,000 and six months imprisonment. Careless driving, carries a maximum €5,000 penalty but no risk of a prison sentence.

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