Eight people remanded over public order

EIGHT people appeared at a recent sitting of the district court in Portlaoise charged with public order offences relating to an incident in the town’s Market Square on February 19 last year.

EIGHT people appeared at a recent sitting of the district court in Portlaoise charged with public order offences relating to an incident in the town’s Market Square on February 19 last year.

Before the court was Darren McInerney (in custody), 39 Beechfield, Mountmellick Road, Portlaoise, who was charged with threatening or abusive behaviour; James McInerney, New Road, Portlaoise, charged with threatening or abusive behaviour, obstructing a police officer and failure to comply; William McInerney, of 13 Bruach Na hAbhainn, Portlaoise, charged with threatening or abusive behaviour; William McInerney, of 84 Rush Hall, Shannon Road, Mountrath, charged with threatening or abusive behaviour; Louise McInerney, 6 Cullenwood, Mountmellick, charged with threatening or abusive behaviour, production of an article in the course of a dispute, and failure to comply; John Donoghue, 2 Heather Lane, Esker Hills, Portlaoise, charged with threatening or abusive behaviour, and failure to comply; James Donoghue, 7 Buttercup Avenue, Esker Hills, Portlaoise, charged with two counts of threatening or abusive behaviour, obstructing a police officer, and failure to comply; and Brigid Donoghue, 14 Bruach Na hAbhainn, Portlaoise, charged with threatening or abusive behaviour, and failure to comply.

Inspector Aidan Farrelly told Judge Catherine Staines that the gardaí are still awaiting directions on the matter from the director of public prosecutions. The inspector explained that there had been a problem with CCTV footage in the case, but the DPP has now been given footage he can view. Insp Farrelly asked for a six-week remand.

Judge Staines put the matter back to September 12 and marked it for entry.