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major disturption Drunk man receives fine after threatening DART security and calling them 'dirty rats'

Shane McDonald (34) had "no memory" of the public order disturbance he caused at a station in north Dublin, a court heard.

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Shane McDonald of Woodavens, Clondalkin, charged with public order offences.

Shane McDonald of Woodavens, Clondalkin, charged with public order offences.

Shane McDonald of Woodavens, Clondalkin, charged with public order offences.

A FATHER-of-three was arrested at a Dart station after he shouted drunken profanities and called security staff "dirty rats".

Shane McDonald (34) had "no memory" of the public order disturbance he caused at a station in north Dublin, a court heard.

Judge Bryan Smyth fined him €200 at Dublin District Court.

McDonald, of Woodavens, Clondalkin, admitted to public intoxication, as well as threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour.

The court heard gardaí responded to a report of an aggressive man at Howth Dart station on the evening of last June 6.

Remorseful

When they arrived, they saw that the accused, who was being restrained by staff, was in an intoxicated state, roaring profanities, shouting threats at security and calling them "dirty rats".

He was told to stop and was arrested by gardaí.

The accused had a number of previous convictions.

McDonald, who had a history of addiction, had no memory of the incident in the Dart station and was extremely remorseful, his lawyer said.

The accused was due to start a community employment scheme, he added.

Judge Smyth fined him on the breach of the peace charge and took the other count into consideration in view of the guilty plea he had entered.

He said McDonald could pay the fine either in one lump sum or in instalments.

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