Court - Man must stop drinking

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Court - Man must stop drinking

A man arrested for being aggressive in Portlaoise has to stop drinking must stop drinking a judge has ordered.

Keith Kirwan, Bogtown, Cloneygowan, Co Offaly was charged a Portlaoise District Court with intoxication, threatening/abusive/insulting words or behaviour and failing to comply with garda direction on November 6 last.

Inspector Ollie Baker outlined to the court that gardai had responded to a call in relation to the defendant acting in an aggressive manner outside the Lethean Pub and was asked to leave the area. He was later observed acting in an aggressive manner by gardai during a dispute at 2.30 am at Market Square.

The incident had been completely caused by drink, defence solicitor Declan Breen said. “He was drinking copious amounts of alcohol during the day and has no recollection of what happened,” he said.

The defendant was extremely apologetic and realised he “didn’t cover himself in glory” with his behaviour. The defendant has a part-time job in a supermarket and the incident has acted as a catalyst for his drinking.

Kirwan was willing to attend the six-week courseAthy Alternative Project.

“I want a certificate to show he has attended every session. You have to stop drinking, it’s as simple as that,” Judge Staines said to the defendant.