A YOUNG Tarbert man escaped conviction for being drunk in public as it was his first offence and his solicitor explained a conviction could seriously impact his plans to emigrate.
Paul Lavery, Ivy House, Church Street, Tarbert, was directed to pay €100 to the Listowel District court poor box by Judge Mary Larkin if he wishes to escape a conviction under the provisions of the Probation Act.
Mr Lavery was drunk outside Jumbo's restaurant in Listowel on April 15 last and had to be arrested for his own safety, gardaí said.
Solicitor Helena O'Carroll said that it was her 24-yearold client's first offence and that he had been attending an awards ceremony at which a family member was being honoured.
"He is very anxious to leave court without a criminal conviction as he intends to leave the country for work," she explained.