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Taoi-shock Drunk man told Gardaí: 'I'm going to Micheál Martin' when arrested

The prosecuting garda said when he came across the accused at Summerhill Parade at 12.40am last February 21, Campion smelled strongly of alcohol, his eyes were glazed and he was staggering from the path.

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Taoiseach Micheál Martin. Picture by Gareth Chaney

Taoiseach Micheál Martin. Picture by Gareth Chaney

Taoiseach Micheál Martin. Picture by Gareth Chaney

A DRUNKEN man told gardaí he was "going to Micheál Martin" when they arrested him for his own safety on a city street.

Douglas Campion (29) was on his way home in an intoxicated state late at night when gardaí saw him staggering off a footpath. Judge Bryan Smyth fined him €250 at Dublin District Court.

Campion, of Lower Buckingham Street, Dublin 1, pleaded not guilty to public intoxication. He was not present for the hearing and was convicted and fined in his absence.

The prosecuting garda said when he came across the accused at Summerhill Parade at 12.40am last February 21, Campion smelled strongly of alcohol, his eyes were glazed and he was staggering from the path.

The garda believed he was a danger to himself and arrested him. The accused replied: "I'm going to Micheál Martin."

There was very little traffic, he lived nearby and it was a well-lit, built up area, Campion's solicitor said. He had had something to drink but was on his way home.

The judge said the accused could have fallen out on to the street and hit his head.

Campion was not working. He had a number of previous convictions.

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