A YOUNG man caught with cocaine following a house party was late for court because he had to go to his mother's house to get his shirt dried and ironed.
Paul Michael Nolan (26) apologised to the judge for being late, saying he had washed the shirt but did not have a dryer and had to go to his mother's.
Judge Anne Watkin said Nolan did not get to choose what time he came to court, adding that he should have had a shirt ready.
She ordered a probation report and adjourned sentencing to a date in November.
The defendant, of Bearna Park, Sandyford, admitted before Dun Laoghaire District Court to possess- ion of cocaine.
Gda David Bunn said the street value of the drug was €120.
The court heard the cocaine was found on a kitchen table at a house in Balrothery estate in Tallaght on February 17, 2014.
There had been a party in the house the previous weekend.
Gda Bunn said Nolan has 41 previous convictions, including 16 for drug-related matters.
Nolan said he started off with cannabis and first took cocaine when he was 18.
He also said he was "on and off" the drug for a few years until he received treatment for his addiction.