Man warned by judge not to drink alcohol

Portlaoise courthouse.

Portlaoise courthouse.

“If the probation service say ‘jump’, you say ‘how high’,” was the warning given by Judge Catherine Staines to a Portlaoise man convicted of public order offences.

Daniel Lawless, 5 Mountain View, Portlaoise, was highly intoxicated and abusive at the Gandon Inn, Emo, on February 5, and told the gardaí to “go f**k yourself”.

On March 16, he was arrested following a disturbance at the Kyle Shopping Centre, Portlaoise, in which he was highly intoxicated and foaming at the mouth.

Lawless has eight previous convictions.

Judge Catherine Staines noted that Lawless had been placed on probation in January, and one week later he committed an offence.

“He has a bad record,” admitted defence, Ms Anne Manning. She said that Lawless had attended the Aislinn Centre for his addiction, but had slipped and then “things went from bad to worse”.

“He knows he needs to address his issues,” said Ms Manning.

“He knows he’s testing the court’s patience.”

Warning Lawless that he “just can’t drink”, Judge Staines put the matter back to May for a probation report.


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