Ex-Republic of Ireland player Mark Kinsella cleared of drink driving charge

Former Republic of Ireland soccer star Mark Kinsella has been cleared of drink driving.

The 45-year-old former midfielder and now a coach with Drogheda United appeared at at Dublin District Court today.

Mr Kinsella, with an address at Brooklawn, Finnstown, Lucan, Dublin had pleaded not guilty to driving a ‘05-reg vehicle while over the alcohol limit, on February 11, 2017, at R1121 Westmanstown, in Dublin.

The charge was under Road Traffic Act and he was due to face a hearing today.

Dressed in black trousers, a white shirt and a blue jacket, he stood up when his case was called but remained silent during the proceedings.

Prosecuting Garda Paul Doona told Judge Patricia McNamara that “a member of the public who allegedly observed the driving is not willing to co-operate; I wish to withdraw the matter”.

Judge McNamara struck out the case leaving Mr Kinsella free to go.

No evidence was heard.

Kinsella’s football career took off when he joined Colchester United, then in 1996 he signed for Charlton Athletic and helped win promotion to the Premier League.

He was capped 48 times for the Republic of Ireland and played in the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Japan and South Korea.

He later played for Aston Villa, West Bromwich Albion and Walsall before he moved into management and coaching.

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