A PORTLAOISE woman who made off without paying a taxi fare has been ordered to reimburse the injured party, with Judge Catherine Staines remarking that the woman had enough money to afford to get drunk, despite the fact she’s on social welfare.
Noreen Doyle, with an address listed at 57 Main Street, Portlaoise, was charged with intoxication in a public place and making off without payment, at Main Street, Portlaoise, on April 27.
Inspector Martin Harrington told the court that Doyle got a taxi from Newbridge to Portlaoise, but when she arrived at her destination she had no money to pay the fare of €91.85. The inspector said she was intoxicated at the time.
Defence said that Doyle had been drinking heavily before she got the taxi with a number of others. One of her party said they had money to pay, but that person got out of the taxi in Portlaoise without paying and Doyle stayed with the driver. Defence informed Judge Staines that Doyle is currently residing at a hostel in Newbridge.
Judge Staines asked why Doyle did not have any compensation saved, even though the incident happened seven weeks ago. Doyle replied she is on social welfare and has eight children.
“You had plenty of money to get drunk,” retorted the judge.
Doyle was remanded on continual bail and the matter was put back to July 19, for her to pay €100.