Young man gets hotel stay as part of attempt to help ho

A 19-year-old man who faces theft and public order charges has been given accommodationin a Kildare hotel and has one week to see if he can co-operate with the probation services.

A 19-year-old man who faces theft and public order charges has been given accommodationin a Kildare hotel and has one week to see if he can co-operate with the probation services.

At a previous court sitting, the court heard that Edward O’Donavan who had previous addresses at 21 The Fairways, Abbeyleix, 24 Carton Drive, Athlone and Taduff House, Drumm, Athlone had no fixed adress and no phone which made it difficult for him to engage with support services.

O’Donovan faces a number of charges including threatening/abusive/insulting behaviour and intoxication at Temperance Street, Abbeyleix on March 29, last.

He also faces charges for theft relating to a number of incidents this summer in Tullamore, Co Offaly.

Solicitor, Josephine Fitzpatrick said bed and breakfast had been secured in the Hazel Hotel in Monasterevin for O’Donovan. She said she hoped once O’Donovan was in stable accommodation he would be able to receive his social welfare payments.

Ms Fitzpatrick said she had a phone and credit for O’Donovan so he would be able to keep in conctact with his key worker, Tom Finnerty from Empowerment Plus.

Mr Finnerty was also present in court.

Judge Staines asked O’Donovan if he was going to stay in the accommodation which had been provided for him. “Yes,” he said.

“You have seen now where you will end up,” Judge Staines said. She said she was releasing O’Donovan on bail for one week to see if he would co-operate with Mr Finnerty and the probation services.

Inspector Aidan Farrelly said he wanted conditions attached to O’Donovan’s bail. The Inspector asked that O’Donovan observe a curfew from 9pm to 9am and to sign on daily at Monasterevin Garda Station.

Judge Staines said he was also to abstain from alcohol and drugs.