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'Insensitive' Homeless man irate when 'told to go home' by gardai enforcing Covid rules

Conway, of no fixed address, admitted public intoxication and threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour.

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A HOMELESS man arrested for shouting abuse at gardaí claimed he was "insensitively" told to go home under Covid-19 regulations.

Gregory Conway (53) was in a dangerously drunken condition on a city street but only became aggressive when he was directed to return home, Dublin District Court heard.

Judge Bryan Smyth fined him €200.

Conway, of no fixed address, admitted public intoxication and threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour.

Gardaí were called to Doyle's Corner in Phibsborough on April 16, 2020, the court heard.

The accused was stumbling around the footpath, dangerously close to the road.

The father-of-two was a danger to himself and the public and was advised under Covid-19 regulations to return home, it was claimed.

The accused began shouting aggressively at the garda and was arrested.

Conway had had an "extremely difficult life", having suffered problems with addiction to alcohol and other substances, his lawyer said.

He said the accused had become homeless shortly after his wife died and the cost of rent increased.

Because he was homeless, his addiction was "played out in public", much to his own shame, the court heard.

He had not become abusive until the direction was made for him to return home.

"He is homeless and that is perhaps an insensitive comment to make," the accused's lawyer said.

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