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Dad gets banned from every pub in Dublin

Fergal Reilly had 64 previous convictions

Published 12/11/2013 | 13:13

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Monday 11 November 2013. Swords DC: Fergal Reilly, Limekiln Hall, Dublin Rd. Navan. Public Order.
Fergal Reilly

A father has been ordered to stay out of every pub in Dublin for a year.

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Fergal Reilly (32) had been drinking heavily when he alleged he saw a rape in the front garden of a house in Swords.

Judge Alan Mitchell also imposed a two month sentence but suspended it for six months and ordered Reilly to stay out of every pub in the Dublin area for the next 12 months.

The defendant, of Limekiln Hall, Dublin Road, Navan, Co Meath, admitted before Swords District Court to public drunkenness and threatening and abusive behaviour.

The incident took place at Castlegrange Way in Swords shortly after 2pm on September 20.

Garda Alan McGrath said he was called to Castlegrange Way following reports of a drunken male in the area.

Gda McGrath said Reilly was very drunk, was shouting and was verbally abusing a number of residents. He was also |banging on front doors and he stated to gardai that a man had abused a male in the area.

Gda McGrath said he spoke to Reilly who told him to “f**k off” and “go get the real criminals”.

The court heard Reilly has 64 previous convictions, mostly for theft related matters.

Defence lawyer said the defendant, a father of one, has battled a heroin addiction for the last decade.

Upset

He became addicted to the drug after his daughter was born with Cystic Fibrosis and he found it difficult to deal with her illness.

In relation to this incident, the court heard Reilly was staying at his girlfriend's house and had been drinking heavily the night before.

The defendant claimed he had witnessed a rape in the front garden of a house the night before and he was upset about it so he went around to confront the individual.

He was aggrieved and angry about what he had seen,

The lawyer said that Reilly, who is unemployed and on social welfare, is now stabilised on methadone and is trying to turn his life around.

He is also under the supervision of the probation service.

Judge Mitchell also excluded Reilly from every pub in Dublin for next 12 months.

By Eimear Cotter

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