Portlaoise man told to keep off drink

“What did you learn at the Athy Alternative Project?” asked Judge Catherine Staines.

“To know when I’ve had enough (drink),” replied Thomas McInerney, with an address listed at 57 DeVesci Court, Fairgreen, Portlaoise.

“Or not have any at all,” retorted the judge.

McInerney was appearing at last week’s district court, having completed “88 per cent” of the project in Athy which educates people on the abuse of alcohol.

He had been ordered to attend the project at a previous court sitting, after being convicted of violent disorder, at Market Square, Portlaoise, on February 19, 2012.

“This is a serious charge and you could have gone to prison for 12 months,” Judge Staines warned him.

She imposed a six-month sentence, suspended for two years on condition he abstain from alcohol.


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