Wednesday 21 February 2018

Andrew Phelan: They wake up with a charge sheet to help piece together what happened

The Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin
The Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin

Andrew Phelan

Dublin District Court, 10.30am. The morning after the night before. Far too often, for far too many people, this is where a night out in the capital ends.

Men and women line the benches, waiting to be called. What they have in common are the charge sheets in their back pockets and the threat of a criminal record hanging over their heads.

The same thing has often brought them here - alcohol-fuelled bad behaviour on the city's streets.

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