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Friday 25 July 2014

Niall Mellon admits he has been arrested twice for being drunk

Developer says his biggest mistake was 'coming back to Ireland with profits I made overseas'

Published 11/01/2014|13:05

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06/01/2014 Niall Mellon at Tallaght District Court...06/01/2014 Niall Mellon at Tallaght District Court, Dublin. Photo:Collins
Niall Mellon at Tallaght District Court earlier this week Photo: Collins

PROPERTY developer Niall Mellon has admitted that an incident, in which he drunkenly squared up to a garda, was not the first time he had been arrested for being intoxicated.

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At a District Court hearing earlier this week, Mr Mellon was ordered to enter into a peace bond after he admitted to drunkenly confronting staff and gardai at Taylors Three Rock pub in Rathfarnham in Dublin.

He had been out to lunch with a friend last July and had consumed a bottle-and-a-half of wine and up to nine beers at the time he told Garda Colin Noonan they were "all "b*****ds".

But the developer and philanthropist has now revealed that he was previously arrested and fined for his behaviour, after he drunkenly threw up in public eight years ago.

“Do not invite me out to a lunch again please. It was a minor enough thing eight years ago. I was fined €100,” he told RTE’s Marian Finucane Show today.

“On that night I wasn’t as jarred and again I was in town, I left my car at home, did what you’d expect of me being a mature adult and I decided to walk home.

“Anyway, I was drunk and I’m embarrassed to say I got sick and somebody saw it and called the guards and I was arrested.

“But it wasn’t any interaction with anybody or the rest of it. But that was that,” he said.

Of his drunken behaviour last July that led to his court appearance last week, Mr Mellon said he could not remember the incident with the garda, had since apologised personally, and has given up alcohol.

However, he said he did not tell the judge about giving up alcohol until after he was sentenced.

The developer, whose loans have been transferred to NAMA, also said that his mistake was to bring profits he had made abroad back to Ireland.

“If you really want to know it, my mistake was coming back to Ireland with profits I made overseas.

“I’ve been in the UK since about ‘98 or ‘99 and I made a lot of money in Britain, property developing and I brought some of that money back to Ireland,” he said.

During an interview that Marian Finucane said provoked a lot of negative reaction from listeners, Mr Mellon also criticised RTE for failing to cover a meeting he had with South African President Jacob Zuma as part of his charity work there - while choosing to cover his court case last week.

Luke Byrne

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