Judge tells solicitor ‘pregnancy is not an illness’

Judge John Coughlan
Nine bench warrants were issued by Judge John Coughlan at Nenagh Court last week for people who failed to appear at the sitting. Among those issued was one for a woman who was described as being “heavily pregnant” by her solicitor.

Nine bench warrants were issued by Judge John Coughlan at Nenagh Court last week for people who failed to appear at the sitting. Among those issued was one for a woman who was described as being “heavily pregnant” by her solicitor.

Ms McKeever said the Gardai were aware of the woman’s situation, but Judge Coughlan refused to withdraw the warrant following an appeal from Ms McKeever who said her client was ready to give birth.

“Pregnancy is not an illness. Bench warrant,” said Judge Coughlan.

Earlier, the judge, who is a visiting judge and was sitting in the absence of the regular judge Elizabeth MacGrath, commented on the number of warrants he was forced to issue.

He told the court that it was a “waste of my time coming down here” and it was “hardly worth my while coming here”.

He also indicated that he may refuse to sit in Nenagh again because so few cases were being heard, saying: “I am in demand elsewhere.”