A PORTLAOISE man who used foul language to the gardaí when they asked him to stop drinking alcohol in public must complete an alcohol awareness course.
Michael O’Shea, of 207 St Brigid’s Place, Portlaoise, was charged with using threatening or abusive behaviour in public, at Moneyballytyrell, Portlaoise, on December 1.
Inspector Martin Harrington said O’Shea was drinking from an open can of beer in the leisure centre car park. When the gardaí approached him he became very aggressive and had to be arrested. O’Shea has 44 previous convictions.
Defence, Mr Philip Meagher said his client had been walking to the chip shop on the night and was drinking on his way through the park. Mr Meagher said O’Shea accepted he had used foul language to the gardaí and he apologised. Defence said that O’Shea, aged 43, lives with his mother and had a long-standing heroin difficulty. O’Shea was remanded on continual bail to March 21, to complete the Athy Alternative Project.