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Threatening paramedic reacted to medication, court told


Ian Mulhall

Ian Mulhall

Ian Mulhall

A TRAINEE paramedic arrested for hurling abuse in the street had been drinking while he was on medication after a visit to the dentist and exhausted from his "gruelling work schedule".

Ian Mulhall (25) reacted to the combination of alcohol, the dental medication and his "underlying tiredness" from long shifts, Dublin District Court heard.

Mulhall, of Blackheath Park, Clontarf, pleaded guilty to using threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour to cause a breach of the peace and public intoxication.

Judge Conal Gibbons struck the charges out after he made a €300 charity donation.

The court heard gardai were on duty at Harcourt Street at 1.45am last August 30 when they saw Mulhall acting in a threatening manner.

They believed he had consumed an intoxicant to such an extent that he might endanger himself or others.

He was arrested and taken to Pearse Street garda station. He had no previous convictions and apologised.

The court heard Mulhall was training to be a paramedic in the UK.

Before the incident occurred, he had done 12-hour shifts for a number of weeks, his solicitor Daniel Hanahoe said.

He had been to the dentist and was prescribed medication after.

He consumed alcohol while out with friends and this, combined with the medication and his underlying tiredness from a "gruelling work schedule", had an adverse effect on him.