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Gareth Connolly met a friend for drinks on Liffey boardwalk

Gareth Connolly met a friend for drinks on Liffey boardwalk

Gareth Connolly met a friend for drinks on Liffey boardwalk

A construction worker who went drinking in Dublin city centre outside the 2km Covid-19 lockdown travel zone hurled abuse at gardaí who challenged him.

Gareth Connolly (43) had met a friend after work for drinks on the Liffey boardwalk during the first lockdown in April when gardaí questioned him and he became abusive.

Judge Bryan Smyth fined him €200 after he admitted public order offences in the incident.

Connolly, with an address at Captain's Road in Crumlin pleaded guilty to public intoxication and using threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour to cause a breach of the peace.

He was not charged with any offence in relation to being outside the 2km limit.

Dublin District Court heard gardaí saw the accused drinking with another man at the boardwalk at Eden Quay last April 18.

Threatening

When asked where he was from, he initially said Pearse Street but his address was in Crumlin, the court heard. The garda informed him he could not be more than 2km from his home at which Connolly became threatening and abusive.

He was intoxicated and was arrested. Connolly had been working full time at a construction site on Pearse Street when his friend got out of hospital and they met on the boardwalk for a drink, his lawyer said.

It was a "very low grade offence" and the court had no evidence of what was actually said. Connolly accepted he was outside the 2km and that it was incorrect for him to go drinking after work.

At the time, he had just finished working on a contract.

Judge Smyth imposed the fine on the breach of the peace charge and took the other into consideration in view of the accused's guilty plea. He granted free legal aid after hearing Connolly was not working.

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