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Gardai had to close street over family row

GARDAI were forced to close off a busy road in Finglas after a family argument spilled out onto the street, a court heard.

Thomas Collins (35) was drunk, had his shirt off and was fighting with another man when gardai arrived on the scene.

A court heard that a large number of men were involved in the drunken row.

Judge Hugh O'Donnell fined Collins €275 at Blanchardstown District Court.

The defendant, of Avilla Park in Finglas, admitted to public drunkenness and threatening and abusive behaviour.

The family incident took place outside the White House Pub, North Road in Finglas on June 2 last year.

Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan said gardai were called to the scene following reports of a large row.

When gardai arrived, a number of men, including Collins, were fighting in the road.

Sgt Callaghan said gardai were forced to close the road for a period of time. She said that Collins was very drunk, was topless and was fighting with another individual.

When gardai intervened he tried to strike out at them. He resisted arrest and had to be restrained.

The court heard that Collins has nine previous convictions, all for road traffic matters.

Defence solicitor John O'Doherty said that Collins is a married father of three children.

In relation to the incident, Mr O'Doherty said it was a family argument which spiralled out of control.

Mr O'Doherty said the argument was fuelled by drink, and Collins was very sorry for his behaviour.

He said the incident was out of character for the defendant.