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SF TD O Snodaigh's son is spared prison after spitting at garda

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Fearghal O Snodaigh

Fearghal O Snodaigh

Fearghal O Snodaigh

A TD's son has avoided prison and a criminal record after he became aggressive and spat at a garda during an "appalling incident" following a row over a taxi fare.

Student Fearghal O Snodaigh (24), the son of Sinn Fein TD Aengus O Snodaigh, pleaded guilty at Dublin District Court in November to assaulting Gda Niall Carolan.

It happened at Ballymun Garda Station last February 28.

The common assault offence can result in a conviction with a six-month sentence and a fine. Trinity College student O Snodaigh, of Naas Road, Dublin 8, also admitted obstructing Gda Carolan and using threatening, abusive and insulting words or behaviour during the drink-fuelled incident.

He had instructed his barrister, Emer Ni Chuagain, to apologise on his behalf.

O Snodaigh had also agreed to take part in a restorative justice programme through the Probation Service and to donate €500 to charity.

Judge Paula Murphy was furnished with the restorative justice report yesterday and noted it was "all positive" and that O Snodaigh had given the money to charity.

It was also confirmed that the student had not come to further attention.

Intoxicated

The judge struck out the case, sparing him a conviction and a sentence.

O Snodaigh, who was accompanied to court by his fiancee, did not address the court.

His politician father had come to court on a previous date to support him when he entered the guilty plea. O Snodaigh had no previous convictions.

Sgt Damian Beakey agreed with the defence barrister that it was unlikely he would come to garda attention again.

O Snodaigh had offered to give €500 to the charity Feileacain, which was nominated by the prosecuting officer.

Judge Ryan had said the restorative justice programme, which is aimed at first-time offenders, would give him time to reflect on his behaviour, and it was especially beneficial for cases like this.


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