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Street row with wife's mum ends in €750 fine

A FATHER-of-one who got involved in a public shouting match with his mother-in-law ended up being arrested for a breach of the peace, a court heard.

John McDonagh (28) said he had never got on with his wife's mother. He apologised for his behaviour, saying he had mixed alcohol with tablets for a head injury and it resulted in him losing his temper.

A court heard that McDonagh received a serious head injury in a road accident six years ago. Ever since, he had suffered from post-traumatic stress and had been on medication.


A judge told him to stay off the drink and fined him €750.

McDonagh admitted before Swords District Court to threatening and abusive behaviour.

The incident took place outside the family home at Baskin Court, Stockhole Lane, Cloghran on December 13, 2008.

Garda Brian Reidy said gardai were called to a disturbance at Baskin Court. The garda said McDonagh was "agitated" and was violent and aggressive towards gardai and members of the public.

The court heard McDonagh had 14 previous convictions, including six for road traffic matters.

Defence solicitor Fiona D'Arcy said the incident took place shortly before Christmas, and McDonagh, his wife and daughter had got a taxi to his mother-in-law's house.

Ms D'Arcy said McDonagh did not get on with his mother-in-law, and there was a long history between them.

The court heard the defendant had been in work before the crash, but has since been on disability.

Ms D'Arcy said McDonagh had problems with his mental health, was still on medication and unable to work.

She said that when he mixed alcohol with his medication it caused him to lose his temper, and he had been off alcohol for over a year.

Judge Patrick Brady fined McDonagh €750.