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Sinn Fein TD's wife fined after row outside nightclub

THE wife of the Sinn Fein justice spokesman was fined ?250 yesterday for being what a judge said was "the most culpable" person in an incident outside a Dublin nightclub.

Aisling Ni Dhalaigh, wife of Aengus O'Snodaigh TD, denied being drunk and breaching the peace outside Spirit nightclub on Abbey Street early on May 22 last.

Her sister, Niamh Ni Dhalaigh and a friend, Martin Farrell were also fined ?150 and ?100 respectively for obstructing gardai during the incident, which occurred after a Sinn Fein function in the nearby Abbey Hotel.

Dublin District Court heard that a passer-by saw Ms Ni Dhalaigh, Decies Road, Ballyfermot, Dublin throw a beer glass at a Garda car which was parked while gardai helped a person who needed an ambulance. The passer-by identified Ms Ni Dhalaigh to gardai, who arrested her.

Some of Ms Ni Dhalaigh's friends, who had been with her at the function, intervened and told gardai they would be in trouble because she was the wife of a TD.

Her sister and Mr Farrell were arrested when they opened the doors of the van after she was placed inside it.

Ms Ni Dhalaigh, said she was standing on Abbey Street talking and smoking when a garda turned her around and handcuffed her. She was a mother of three and never used foul language.

A charge against Aisling Ni Dhalaigh that she damaged the Garda car when she threw the glass was struck out when the State could not produce evidence of damage.

None of the three had any previous convictions.

Judge William Early said he "scarcely believed a word" of evidence given by Aisling Ni Dhalaigh who, he said, was "the most culpable" in the incident.

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