Drunken man told Gardai to f**k off

A DRUNKEN man was arrested when he told gardai to “f**k off” after they found him on the street and asked him if he was OK.

Edward Brannigan’s defence said the accused did not normally drink but was very drunk that night.

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Blanchardstown District Court

Judge Gerard Jones fined him €200 at Blanchardstown District Court.

Brannigan, with an address at Lindisfarne Park, Clondalkin pleaded guilty to public intoxication, failing to give gardai his name and address, engaging in threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour, and resisting arrest.

The court heard the incident happened at Melrose Avenue, Clondalkin on February 21 this year.

Gardai saw the accused stumbling unsteadily on his feet and asked if he was OK.

He told the gardai to “f**k off”, shouted at them and when they asked him to desist he attempted to run from them.

His abusive behaviour continued as he resisted arrest and was taken to Clondalkin Garda Station.

Brannigan’s solicitor, Terence Hanahoe said his client was currently unemployed but would return to work when it became available. The accused did not normally drink “but was very drunk that night,” Mr Hanahoe said.

He regretted what happened and apologised for it, he added.

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