Former hockey international Caitriona Carey did not appear in court today in Kilkenny for an appeal hearing in relation to road traffic offences.
The appeal has now been adjourned to the October sittings of the Kilkenny District Court appeals at Kilkenny Circuit Court after the court heard that there had been 'a severe breakdown in communications' in relation to her solicitor who also did not appear in court.
The former camogie star, who previously had an address at Weir View Hill in Kilkenny is appealing a three-month suspended sentence which was handed down at Kilkenny District Court last May after she pleaded guilty to road traffic offences including driving without insurance and without a valid licence.
She was also disqualified for driving for four years.
Last May Garda Julie Chapman gave evidence that she stopped the defendant on the Castlecomer Road in Kilkenny on 21 December 2021.
The garda used her mobile device to scan the licence and it came up that Ms Carey was disqualified from driving.
On 10 December 2021, Ms Carey was observed driving at Weir View in Kilkenny. At the time she was disqualified from driving in penalty points.
Garda Chapman told Kilkenny District Court how she was screamed at by "a totally out of control" Catriona Carey after she was informed that her uninsured car would be seized.
An appeal was lodged on behalf of Ms Carey and was due to be heard last October.
On that date State solicitor Gerry Meaney informed the court that Ms Carey was now fully contesting the matters before the court and it was adjourned to the January sittings.
In January there was no judge available to hear the appeal and it was adjourned to today's date.
At the Kilkenny District Court Appeals today Mr Meaney said that he had contacted Ms Carey's solicitor Mr Andrew Broderick and spoke to him.
"I spoke to him and he was taken by surprise," Mr Meaney said.
"He seemed to be aware of the callover but said he wasn't aware that it was in for hearing.
"Ms Carey is not going to be here obviously."
The two garda witnesses who stopped Ms Carey in relation to the road traffic offences were present in court, along with a witness from the Road Safety Authority and another state witness.
Mr Meaney told the court that one of the garda members and one of the witnesses would not be available to attend the July sittings of the District Court Appeals.
This afternoon solicitor Ed Hughes said that while he had no formal instructions in relation to the matter he had been in contact with Mr Broderick "out of courtesy" and told the court there had been "a severe breakdown in communications".
Judge Sinead Ni Chulacháin said that she wanted a message conveyed to Mr Broderick.
"I can't see why Mr Broderick didn't know it was up today," she said adding that it was not the State solicitor's job to tell him.
"I want this to be conveyed. Mr Meaney had his witnesses here and was on full proofs. There is a cost involved," she said and adjourned the hearing, peremptory against Ms Carey to the October court sittings and reserved the State's costs to that date.