Monday 20 November 2017

Ten garda units called out to break up family row

The Maldron Hotel in Citywest. Photo: Damien Eagers
The Maldron Hotel in Citywest. Photo: Damien Eagers

TEN garda units were called to the aftermath of a christening when a fight broke out between two families, a court heard.

Judge Anthony Halpin expressed his surprise that 10 units had been called to the Maldron Hotel to deal with the incident where Thomas Wall had been arrested.

Wall (19) of Fortunestown Crescent, Tallaght, pleaded guilty to public drunkenness and breaching the peace at the Tallaght Bypass on December 8, 2013.

Sergeant Bernard Jones told the judge that just after 2am gardai went to the Maldron Hotel where a fight had broken out between two families.

He said Wall had been found outside throwing a punch at a man. He said Wall was arrested and was "quite intoxicated".

Sgt Jones said 10 units of the gardai had been called to deal with the incident.

Wall's barrister said he had never been in trouble before and added that he had €100 in court.

The judge said: "They needed 10 units of the gardai. You would think it was a major terrorist incident -- €100 won't do.

"I can imagine that there are difficulties scheduling gardai in different parts of Dublin and 10 units are called. I will want a minimum of €500."

He said he would put the case back to a date in March for payment of €500 to the Capuchin Day Centre. He said that if the donation is paid he will place Wall on a peace bond of €500.

Irish Independent

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