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Reveller called garda 'lesbian' when she took his beer cans

A SAINT Patrick's Day reveller called a garda a "lesbian" and hurled obscenities at her in front of children when she went to confiscate his beer.

Gerard Lynch (35) was given a two-month suspended sentence over the incident in Dublin city centre after he admitted a public order offence.

Suspending the jail term for a year, Judge Victor Blake asked why Irish people "have to carry on like this on our national holiday".

Lynch, a father-of-one with an address at The Old Schoolhouse, Tower Road, Clondalkin, pleaded guilty to causing a breach of the peace.

Sgt Peter Seery told Dublin District Court the garda stopped the accused in Crown Alley, Temple Bar at 5.35pm.

She seized a number of open cans of beer from him and the accused became "excessively abusive to the garda".

He verbally abused her in front of members of the public, including small children.

The court heard Lynch had called the officer a "lesbian c***".

He had one previous conviction, for which he had been given a six-month suspended sentence.

Judge Blake said he wanted the defendant to make an unreserved apology to the garda.

Lynch replied that he had apologised to her on the day and again in court before the case. "I am sorry for what I called her," he added.

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"The officer is a very hard-working member of An Garda Siochana and under no circumstances should you have uttered words like that to her," Judge Blake said.

Defence solicitor Michael Hanahoe said the offence had happened on "a day on which a lot of Irish people drink to excess".

"Why do we have to carry on like this on our national holiday?" Judge Blake replied. He thought people would not have had the money to do so "post-Celtic Tiger".

The court heard Lynch was on disability allowance and was in poor financial circumstances.

He had managed to "keep himself out of these courts for a lengthy period of time", Mr Hanahoe said.

Lynch had originally pleaded not guilty to the offence because, while he accepted he was obstreperous and drunk, he "didn't believe he would have uttered that particular phrase".

The accused was put on a bond to be of good behaviour and not come to garda attention in that time.

A condition was that he remains sober in public.

Asked by the judge if he was still drinking as much, he replied that he had cut down and was going to AA meetings.

The judge also fined the defendant €130.

aphelan@herald.ie


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