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Fined €250 for being 'danger to himself'

A MAN who "went off the rails" with drink and was falling onto a road putting himself and road users in danger has been convicted and fined at Blanchardstown District Court.

Shane Daly (31), who has 40 previous convictions, including 15 for public order incidents, was fined €250 by Judge Alan Mitchell for the offence.

Daly, of Hillcrest Walk in Lucan, pleaded guilty to being intoxicated at The Paddocks Way, Adamstown in Lucan on November 29, 2014.

Garda Stephen McDonnell gave evidence that at 11.50pm he came across Daly, who was extremely drunk and falling onto the road.

"He was a danger to himself and road users and was arrested for his own safety," said Gda McDonnell, adding that he had no issue with Daly when he was arrested.

After Judge Mitchell asked was there any other intoxicants involved, Gda McDonnell replied: "No, he was just drunk and a danger to himself and the public."

Defence solicitor Simon Fleming said Daly has had a difficulty with alcohol in the past and his last public order offence dated back to 2012.

"He is completing an anger management course and he wants to thank the gardai for assisting him on the night. He is also apologetic for his behaviour," said Mr Fleming.

Judge Mitchell noted that there had been a gap of three years since Daly's last public order offence and commented: "It appears he went off the rails for a short period."