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The security arrangements for all ministers have been beefed up following a review

A SECURITY expert who got into a street row told investigating gardai he was a soldier and they "did not have what it takes for a battle".

Graham Penrose (46) made remarks about ISIS and claimed he was the only person "with the courage to stand up to terrorists" and was being victimised by gardai.

Dublin District Court heard he was intoxicated and had been "goaded" by another man before the incident happened.

Penrose, with an address at Fawn Lodge, Castleknock, pleaded guilty to using threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour as well as failing to obey garda directions at Fleet Street, Dublin 2 on November 29 last.

Judge Michael Walsh struck the charges out after Penrose made a €250 charity donation.

The court heard the accused was topless in the centre of the street when gardai on patrol came across him.

He was shouting abuse and when gardai told him to stop, he said it was his "constitutional right to defend himself".

He was told to put his shirt back on and did so, but took it off again.

"He said he was a soldier and the gardai did not have what it takes for a battle," a garda sergeant told the court.

The accused was arrested at the scene and charged. He was subsequently "very apologetic" for his actions.

The defendant was working abroad as a security expert, his lawyer said.

The court heard there had been an exchange with a young man on the street who the accused believed had been "goading him in some way".

He took his frustrations out on the investigating garda, his lawyer explained.

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