Pleads not guilty to abusive behaviour

Brian Matthews, 38 Newpark, Portlaoise, has pleaded not guilty to being abusive to parish centre staff and Portlaoise priests.

Brian Matthews, 38 Newpark, Portlaoise, has pleaded not guilty to being abusive to parish centre staff and Portlaoise priests.

He is charged with five counts of threatening or abusive behaviour, at both the Portlaoise Parish Centre and Greenmill Lane, Portlaoise, between May 19 and June 22 this year.

Solicitor, Mr Philip Meagher said there was one defence witness. Inspector Aidan Farrelly said there were five State witnesses.

The matter has gone back to March 7 next year. Matthews was ordered to keep away from the parish centre and the injured parties.