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Covid breach Student at illegal gathering gave false name to gardai

Judge Treasa Kelly struck the case out, leaving him without a criminal record after hearing he had paid a charity donation and apologised.

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Conall Phelan (22), of Luttrelstown Heights, Castleknock, leaving Dublin District Court. PIC: Collins Courts

Conall Phelan (22), of Luttrelstown Heights, Castleknock, leaving Dublin District Court. PIC: Collins Courts

Conall Phelan (22), of Luttrelstown Heights, Castleknock, leaving Dublin District Court. PIC: Collins Courts

AN “exemplary” student gave gardai a false name when they tried to issue him with an on-the-spot fine for attending an illegal gathering under Covid-19 laws.

Conall Phelan (22) was prosecuted for not giving his name to gardai investigating the public health rules breach at a student apartment complex in Dublin city centre.

Judge Treasa Kelly struck the case out, leaving him without a criminal record after hearing he had paid a charity donation and apologised.

Phelan, of Luttrelstown Heights, Castleknock, pleaded guilty to giving a false or misleading name under the Health Act.

Dublin District Court heard gardai were called to a gathering in breach of health regulations at the New Mill Student Accommodation, Mill Street, Dublin 8 at 4am last April 11. The accused was there but was not a resident.

Gardai demanded his name so they could issue a fixed penalty notice. He gave them a false name and “persisted” in doing so, and was instead charged.

Phelan, who had no prior convictions, was in the final year of his university degree, his barrister Cathal McGreal said.

He worked at a summer camp for children with disabilities, which required vetting. Phelan had written a letter of apology and made a charity donation, Mr McGreal said.

He had an “exemplary student profile.”

“They are measures that were brought in to protect everybody, we all have to comply with them, it’s not easy for anyone and the gardai have a difficult job to do,” Judge Kelly said.

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