CONOR McGregor said it was a “lovely day, great to be back” after appearing in court over dangerous driving charges.
The case was adjourned until January 11 when the matter is expected to be “disposed of”.
Former UFC champion Conor McGregor arrives at Blanchardstown District Court in DublinPA:Press Association
McGregor’s case was adjourned until JanuaryPA
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McGregor has been charged with six driving offences relating to an incident on the N4/M50 interchange in Lucan, west Dublin, when he was stopped by gardai on March 22.
Among the offences are driving without insurance and a licence, failing to produce a certificate of insurance or licence, and careless driving.
McGregor, of The Paddocks, Castledillon, Straffan, Co Kildare, fist-bumped people in the public gallery as he waited for his case to be mentioned at Blanchardstown District Court this morning.
Appearing on behalf of McGregor, barrister David Staunton said that work on the case was ongoing, and that gardai would require new directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Judge David McHugh said that at the last court appearance, it was indicated that “matters were progressing at an appropriate pace”, and said the case could not continue to be put back to another date.
Mr Staunton responded that this was a “very fair observation”, but indicated that he was “reluctant” to ask for a hearing date.
He asked for the case to be heard on January 11 for 15-20 minutes, where he expected the case to proceed and “the matter will be disposed of” on this date.
As he left the courthouse, McGregor signed an autograph and posed for a picture with fans.
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When asked how he felt, McGregor said “all good, guys, all good, lovely day, great to be back” before jumping in the front passenger seat of a Range Rover.
As he was leaving, a member of the public was also heard calling McGregor a “f fool”.
Separately, McGregor’s Black Forge Inn pub and restaurant in Crumlin in Dublin 12 last year recorded losses of €1.136m.
New accounts filed by McGregor’s Jemi Ventures Ltd show that the losses last year of €1.136m followed losses of €441,649 in 2020.
The business at the end of last December had accumulated losses of €1.578m.
The financial performance of the pub was badly hit by the Covid-19 pandemic last year.
A spokesman for the Black Forge Inn said on Wednesday after only being open for a few months of 2021 “The Black Forge Inn, like countless others, was impacted by the pandemic shut down and reduced hours”.
He added: “We knew we would be operating at a loss but we continued to serve the community and immediately ramped up once we were allowed to open.”
McGregor signed an autograph for a fan outside courtPA
UFC star Conor McGregorPA:Press Association