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Woman accused of assaulting garda

A WOMAN has been accused of assaulting a garda during a public order disturbance that arose out of an alleged family feud.

Helen Collins (45) is facing charges arising from the incident, in which some other members of her family were also alleged to have been involved.

Judge David McHugh adjourned the case for eight weeks, after gardai told Blanchardstown District Court that Ms Collins is facing the possibility of further charges being brought against her.

The accused, with an address at Avilla Gardens in Finglas, is charged with assaulting Garda Ciara McGowan at Avilla Park Halting Site on July 28 last.


She is also accused of using threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour to cause a breach of the peace in the same incident. The charges are under the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person and Public Order Acts.

Outlining the prosecution's case, Sergeant Maria Callaghan told the court the assault arose out of "an alleged feud".

Judge McHugh remanded Ms Collins on bail in her own bond of €100 to appear before the court at the end of September.

The accused, a lone parent, was granted free legal aid and the judge assigned solicitor Brendan Ahern.