Conviction for assault on county councillor

Sinead Kelleher

Judge David Waters has praised the bar staff at the former Dáil Bar in Killorglin for their handling of an assault incident at the pub involving Kerry County Councillor Michael Cahill, who was running the premises at the time.

Cahersiveen District Court had previously heard evidence in the case of Michael O'Connor of Reen, Killorglin, who had come before the court charged with the assault of Cllr Cahill and for using threatening and abusive behaviour during the same incident which occurred at the Dáil Bar in Killorglin on August 5, 2018.

Judge Waters said that Michael O'Connor "did not cover himself in glory" on the night in question but that because he had no previous convictions he would convict him of the assault charge and fine him €200. The other charge of using threatening and abusive behaviour was taken into consideration.

Judge Waters also praised the bar staff at the Dáil Bar in Killorglin, where the incident happened, for their handling of the situation.

"I was particularly impressed by the two girls who were the bar staff. They handled it in the correct manner. The girls have to be commended for the way they handled it. They stood in front of him and stopped him going out the back. I was impressed with them," he said.

Judge Waters said that his main concern was that Mr O'Connor was not taking the situation "seriously" and that Mr O'Connor "felt it was a bit nothing".

Defence solicitor Brendan Ahern said that his client had contacted Mr Cahill to convey an apology after the incident and that he is aware he is in the wrong. He said that Mr O'Connor is a 46-year-old man with two sons and that this incident has "brought shame and embarrassment" on him.

One of his sons is a talented boxer and Mr O'Connor travels with him and is involved in his coaching.

The court was also told that he is not in great health and suffers from rheumatoid arthritis.