John Montaine, partner of ex-Sinn Féin TD Violet-Anne Wynne, has not appeared in court as he says he is homeless in Longford

TD Violet-Anne Wynne’s partner, John Montaine, “did not appear” in court today as he is currently homeless and living in Co Longford.

At Kilrush District Court, Co Clare, Mr Montaine’s solicitor, Patrick Moylan, gave Judge Mary Larkin the whereabouts of Mr Montaine as she explained why he was not in court. He was due to face seven alleged offenses under the Road Traffic Act, including allegedly driving without insurance and driving without a license last October.

Mr Moylan said: “Mr Montaine contacted me yesterday to let me know he is in Longford and is homeless and does not wish to plead guilty.”

In seeking a date for a hearing in the case, Mr Moylan told Judge Larkin that Mr Montaine’s defense “is based on the same argument that we had before”.

When the case first came before Judge Larkin in May, she told Mr Moylan: “If he was stopped on October 21 last year, why didn’t he produce his documents?”

Mr Montaine (40), formerly Pella Rd, Kilrush, Co Clare, is facing seven different subpoenas. They concern seven separate alleged driving offenses at Lack West Kilmihil in West Clare on October 21, 2021.

Mr. Montaine faces two subpoenas for driving his 19G registered vehicle at Lack Hill Kilmihil without a license on the stated date and failing to produce a license.

The summons violates § 38 Section 1 and § 40 StVG.

In addition, he is threatened with a summons to drive the vehicle without an insurance certificate, contrary to § 56 StVG.

Mr. Montaine also faces a subpoena for failing to produce a certificate of insurance or a certificate of exemption for his use of the vehicle on that occasion for a Garda. He also failed to provide documentation to a Garda within 10 days.

This summons violates § 69 StVO.

Mr. Montaine faces a separate subpoena for allegedly holding a mobile phone while driving his vehicle in violation of Section 3 of the Road Traffic Act at the same place on the same day.

He is also accused of holding a learner’s permit that required the accompaniment and supervision of a qualified driver.

In addition, he is threatened with a summons because he does not show a suitable L license plate. .

Sergeant Louis Moloney said the case could be adjourned until September 20 because it was an insurance matter.

Judge Larkin adjourned the case in Kilrush District Court until September 20.

In February, Deputy Wynne resigned from Sinn Féin under controversial circumstances.

The mother-of-six claimed “psychological warfare” by the party and said her recent pregnancy was used as “another stick to hit me with”. Ms. Wynne will remain as an independent TD for Clare.

Last month she said she and her six children were homeless. Ms Wynne added that she hopes to find a suitable home for her family. John Montaine, partner of ex-Sinn Féin TD Violet-Anne Wynne, has not appeared in court as he says he is homeless in Longford

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