Woman encouraged Traveller feud in Mountrath

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Woman encouraged Traveller feud in Mountrath

A woman involved in a Traveller feud in Mountrath who was egging on people involved in a public disturbance has been given the probation act.

Lena O’Brien (42), with an address at 710 Ashgrove, Kildare, was charged with offences including failure to comply with the gardaí, disorderly conduct, and threatening or abusive behaviour.

Inspector Aidan Farrelly gave evidence that there was a large disturbance in Rush Hall, Mountrath, on May 3 this year, involving a number of feuding Traveller families.

Lena O’Brien, the mother of some of the people involved, was shouting at the gardaí and issuing threats to her neighbours.

Insp Farrelly said she was highly intoxicated and was trying to encourage others to keep the disturbance going.

12 gardaí were required to restore order, said Insp Farrelly.

Defence, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick said that on the night her client’s windows had been broken and she went out to deal with the situation and ended up dealing with it poorly.

Judge Catherine Staines noted the accused had no previous convictions and had since moved from the area, “so she won’t be a problem for the neighbours” anymore.

Judge Staines applied the probation act, section 1.2.