Husband and wife in traveller family fight

A husband and wife have been convicted of violent disorder following a major public order incident involving two traveller families in Portlaoise.

Before last week’s district court in Portlaoise was Mary and Brendan McInerney, of 382 Market Mews, Maryborough Village, Portlaoise.

Inspector Aidan Farrelly gave evidence that a major public order incident occurred at 1.25am on February 19, 2012, in Market Square, Portlaoise. Two traveller families were involved and ten arrests were made on the night.

Insp Farrelly said that Mary McInerney was observed on CCTV footage committing a number of assaults and engaging in a melee.

“Firstly, she was trying to stop an assault and she then became involved in a melee,” said the inspector.

Insp Farrelly said that Brendan McInerney was assaulted on the night by a woman brandishing a shoe, and he was also struck with a bottle.

“He tried to prevent an assault and was seen on CCTV doing this, but he then engaged in an assault,” said Insp Farrelly.

Mary McInerney had no previous convictions, while Brendan McInerney had nine, three of which were public order offences.

Defence for both was Mr Philip Meagher.

Mr Meagher said that the incident took place at a family wedding anniversary. A number of family members came together and the party “grew legs” over the course of the night.

Defence said that when they were leaving the premises Brendan McInerney had been attacked by a lady with a shoe, and then the woman’s husband attacked him with a bottle. He became agitated when attacked and got involved in the incident.

Mary McInerney tried to step in when her husband was assaulted, and she and the other woman got into a scuffle.

Mary McInerney was convicted and fined €300.

Brendan McInerney was given a six-month sentence, suspended for two years.


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