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Banned driver crashed while going to hospital

A BALLINAMALLARD woman who crashed outside SWAH when seeking medical treatment has been fined for driving while disqualified. 
Florence Edwards (48) of Tullyavey Road appeared at Enniskillen Magistrates Court on Monday where she pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified, having no insurance, failing to report an accident, failing to remain at an accident, and failing to remain at the scene of an accident. 
On January 19th, police were called to a single vehicle crash at SWAH, shortly after 10pm. When they arrived the was a grey Mercedes that had crashed and was blocking the entrance to the hospital. Both the car and a road sign were damaged. 
No one was in the car when police arrived, and witnesses told police they had seen a young man helping an older woman, who was in her pyjamas, out of the car and leaving. 
Based on the car and the witness description, police arrested Edwards, who has a number of health conditions. In interview she said she had little recollection of the incident as she had been given new medication. 
Defence barrister Stefan Rafferty said Edwards was very ashamed of her actions. 
“I can’t over state the same and regret she feels,” said Mr Rafferty, who added she had been distressed and there had been “other factors at play.” 
The barrister said Edwards had started to feel unwell, and made the “dreadful” decision to drive herself to hospital. Mr Rafferty said Edwards had been taken her driving disqualification very seriously and the incident “flies very much in the face” of her attitude towards the ban. 
District Judge Michael Ranaghan said an aggravating feature was the fact Edwards had been disqualified from driving just 10 days before the incident. He fined her a total of £350 and disqualified her from driving for six months. 
A Coonian based textiles firm has recorded a positive upsurge in profit and turnover in the last year, according to new accounts. 
Cooneen By Design Ltd specialises in the design, manufacture and supply of garments as well as the provision of a complete uniform managed service to a diverse range of customers in both the private and public sector. 
A business review showed a profit for the year, after taxation amounting to £2.8 million up from £2.1m in 2017. 
A recruitment drive saw the firm increase staffing levels.  According to the report filed with Companies House at present the firm employs 171 staff, an increase of approximately 20 staff within the year. 
Total staff costs for the group last year totalled £6.1m an increase of more than half a million pounds on 2017. 
Meanwhile the amount paid to directors fell from £563,384 to £471,091 in 2018, during which time Kevin McMahon stepped down as director. The highest paid director received £253,003 an increase of over £4000 from the previous period. 
 The company founded over half a century ago continues to be a key employer in the area. It also has overseas offices in England, the United States, China and Bangladesh. 
In a brief statement accompanying the latest report managing director Eugene Greene said, “Market conditions have been very competitive in 2018 and will continue to remain so in the current year. The directors aim to maintain market share and continue to meet its customer requirements.” 
 
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