A judge has ordered the arrest of a bus driver charged with dangerous driving and drink driving on the M7 in Co Kildare last month.

Michael Connolly, of Rossport, Ballina, Co Mayo, is alleged to have been more than nine times over the legal limit on 2 October 2018.

Naas District Court was told that there would be no further charges and that the Director of Public Prosecutions directed the case could be dealt with at district court level.

Judge Desmond Zaidan accepted jurisdiction today but issued a bench warrant when Mr Connolly did not appear in court.

The judge also said the warrant was to be executed "with discretion", which usually means if the accused appears before the court on another date the warrant may be cancelled.

The court has already heard the State will be alleging that there was a report of a bus swerving on the M7 on 2 October.

It is alleged that gardaí went to the scene with flashing lights and brought the bus to a stop on the hard shoulder.

On speaking to the driver, they formed the opinion that he was intoxicated. The driver was arrested.

It is alleged that he had 84mg of alcohol in his system. The limit for a bus driver is 9mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath.