Fined for drunken abuse in the street

A Portlaoise man convicted of public order offences has been fined, after failing to follow a court order to attend a course for his drinking.

Before the district court was Barry McStay, with an address at Pallas Little, Portlaoise.

He was convicted back in January of being intoxicated, and using threatening or abusive behaviour in public, at Market Square, Portlaoise, on December 16 last year.

At the January court, Inspector Aidan Farrelly gave evidence that gardaí received a call about a man acting in an aggressive manner. McStay had been refused entry to a nightclub and was using foul language, and he failed to leave the scene when directed.

McStay had previous convictions for public order offences. He was ordered by Judge Catherine Staines to complete the Athy Alternative Project to deal with his drinking.

However, when the case returned to the district court last week, solicitor Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick admitted her client had not attended the project.

Judge Staines said she was not wasting any more court time and imposed two fines of €200.


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