A Mountrath man convicted of being intoxicated in a public place was last week ordered to complete a course educating him on the dangers of abusing of alcohol.
Before the district court in Portlaoise was Gerard McInerney, 30 Moanbaun, Woodbrook, Mountrath, charged with being intoxicated at Shannon Road, Mountrath, on December 29 last year.
Inspector Maria Conway gave evidence that following a report of criminal damage nearby, gardaí were on patrol when they observed two men, including the defendant, coming out of a housing estate. McInerney was unsteady on his feet, his speech was slurred and there was a strong smell of alcohol from him.
McInerney had 20 previous convictions, including three for public order offences.
Defence, Mr Philip Meagher explained that the incident had happened over the Christmas period. McInerney had spent the earlier part of Christmas with his in-laws, then went to his mother’s for the night where he had too much to drink.
Mr Meagher added that McInerney had not been involved in the criminal damage incident which the gardaí had been investigating on the night.
The matter was put back to July 7, for McInerney to complete the Athy Alternative Project for his drinking.