A FATHER-of-two who threatened gardai when they asked him to stop shouting abuse outside his girlfriend's home has been convicted of public order offences.
Robert McDonagh (25) had been drinking at a birthday party when he had a row with his partner, then threatened the investigating gardai.
He was fined €200 at Blanchardstown District Court.
McDonagh, of Greenfort Drive, Clondalkin, pleaded guilty to breach of the peace and engaging in offensive conduct by threatening violence on gardai and violently resisting arrest.
The court heard gardai were called to a public order disturbance at Elmfield Court at 2am on July 2.
McDonagh was standing at a wall shouting abuse at his partner's apartment.
He threatened to hit gardai and hurled abuse at them when they approached.
McDonagh had four previous convictions.
McDonagh was living with his girlfriend and their one-year old child and had another child from a previous relationship.
On the night, he had had a fight with his girlfriend. They had been at a 21st birthday party together and he had been drinking.
The court heard his father had been diagnosed with cancer at the time and McDonagh was finding this difficult to deal with.
He had worked in the past as a window cleaner but was currently unemployed.
Drink had sometimes had a "bad impact on him" and he was currently undertaking an alcohol awareness course, his solicitor said. Judge John Lindsay fined and convicted him.