AN UNEMPLOYED builder had to be arrested at a Dublin social welfare office when he began hurling abuse at staff over delays in the processing of his dole application.
Shane Dempsey (30) lost his temper when he could not get paid and gardai had to be called.
Judge David McHugh fined him €100 at Blanchardstown district court for a public order offence.
Dempsey, with an address at Station Court, The Avenue, Gorey, Co Wexford, pleaded guilty to using threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour to cause a breach of the peace.
The incident happened at the Department of Social Protection Office, Ninth Lock Road, Clondalkin, on December 20 last.
Sgt Maria Callaghan said the accused went to the office at 11.05am.
He went to the counter and became abusive to staff, refusing to leave when asked.
His abusive behaviour continued when the gardai arrived and he was arrested and brought to Clondalkin Garda Station.
Dempsey had to collect some documents so his social welfare payments could begin, his solicitor Kelly Breen said.
On the day there was “some issue” and he could not get paid.
“He lost his temper and behaved in the most appalling way,” Ms Breen said.
The accused apologised to the staff member.
Dempsey had worked in the construction industry, but had been unable to find work recently.
Judge McHugh said he considered the fact that the abuse was directed at a public servant to be an aggravating factor.