Northern Ireland football manager fined and given six month driving ban after pleading guilty to drink-driving
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Northern Ireland football manager fined and given six month driving ban after pleading guilty to drink-driving

NORTHERN Ireland football manager Michael O'Neill has been fined and given a six month driving ban after pleading guilty to drink-driving.

Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard he was caught by police on the outskirts of the city at about 1am on September 10 approximately three times the legal drink-drive limit.

According to RTÉ, Sheriff Thomas Welsh QC banned O'Neill from driving for 16 months and fined him £1,300.

Prosecutor Chloe Shoniwa told the court that police officers had "reason to stop" Mr O'Neill as he drove on the Edinburgh city bypass between Lothianburn and Straiton.

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They breathalysed him and he was found to have a breath alcohol level of 65mcg compared to the legal limit of 22mcg.

Solicitor James Mulgrew, representing Mr O'Neill, told the court: "This was simply a bad error of judgement on the part of Mr O'Neill."