LATE night drunken disturbances in residential areas is a ' very serious problem' and is 'something that has to be dealt with', stated Judge Dermot Dempsey at Swords District Court last week.
' The message has to be sent out that I am taking a very dim view on this behaviour,' said Judge Dempsey. Residents, added the Judge, are entitled to have peace and quiet and not to be disturbed by others drunkenly making their way home. Judge Dempsey made his comments in a case where three young men were before him for using threatening and abusive language and behaviour at Carrick Hill Road Upper, Portmarnock on Thursday, July 5. Cian Flannery (20) Ashleigh Rise, Swords; Sean Quinn (21), Moat Lane, Brackenstown, Swords and Philip Higgins (20), Larkspur, Carrick Hill Road, Portmarnock all pleaded guilty to the offences.
Additional charges of causing €1,700 criminal damage to a car during the same incident were struck out against the three men. The court was told that each of the three defendants have each paid €565 compensation for the damage caused. Garda Brian Judge of Coolock Garda Station told the court that around 3.30am on July 5, the men had insulted and threatened a female resident who came out of her home because of the noise they were making. John Hennessy, solicitor for Cian Flannery and Philip Higgins, said that his clients were 'nice lads' but they ' simply could not handle' the excessive amount of alcohol they drank on the night.
They were drinking 'shots and doubles on a student night' in Tamangos nightclub. Mr Flannery expressed his sincere regret in person to Garda Judge after the incident and asked that his apology be given to the resident. Mr Hennessy handed references into the court written on behalf of Cian Flannery by Dublin Business School where he is in a degree programme and by Dunnes Stores where he works part-time. Philip Higgins, said Mr Hennessy, is a part-time chef, who also regrets the incident and has learned a lesson. Fiona D'Arcy, solicitor for Sean Quinn, said that her client, who works in a restaurant, was 21 that day but there would be no celebrations for him and no gifts either. He was 'simply out of his mind with drink' and his memory of the incident is 'at best, sketchy'.
Ms D'Arcy said that Mr Quinn is not the type of person who regularly goes to Tamangos taking shots and creating a nuisance for people in estates every weekend. His home life has not been pleasant since this incident as his parents are 'absolutely disgusted with him' and he is disgusted with himself. Both Mr Hennessy and Ms D'Arcy, in seeking leniency for their clients, suggested that the three defendants would be willing to come up with money to make a charitable contribution. Judge Dempsey remanded the three men in custody until 'such a time as I make a decision'. Recalling the case before the end of the court sitting, the Judge stated that the three defendants have one month to each come up with €500 or they will receive prison sentences. Adjourning the case to Swords District Court on November 12 for payment of the charitable contribution, Judge Dempsey stated that he will want proof that they have come up with the money themselves and have not been given it by their parents.