02 Oct 2022

Longford District Court: Was aggressive and abusive to gardaí

Woman ordered to pay €200 to the court poor box

A woman who appeared at last week’s sitting of Longford District Court charged under the Theft and Fraud Offences Act was ordered to pay €200 to the court poor box before the end of the month.

Margaret McDonagh, 1 O’Connor Park, Longford appeared before Judge Seamus Hughes charged with being intoxicated in a public place and engaging in threatening, abusive and insulting words or behaviour at Gleann Riada, Longford on May 2, 2016.

Inspector Padraig Jones told the court that on the date in question at approximately 2am gardaí were called to the housing estate on the outskirts of Longford town after a disturbance erupted.

“When the Gardaí arrived in the area they found a female in a very distressed state,” added the Inspector who then pointed out that it later turned out to be Ms McDonagh who was there.

“She was in a car and she began shouting and screaming in the estate.

“She was aggressive towards the Gardaí and also very abusive.”

The court went on to hear that the defendant grabbed Garda Egan by the fleece when he tried to arrest her and that later at Longford Garda Station, she told members of the force to f*** off.

“She was highly intoxicated,” Inspector Jones then confirmed.

“Really, she had to be arrested on the night.”

In mitigation, the defendant’s solicitor Frank Gearty said his client had been in a very distressed state on the night because of a dispute that arose inside her house.

“She went out of the house and sat in the car, but when she saw the Gardaí arriving into the estate she feared she would be arrested for drink driving and panicked,” added Mr Gearty.

“She was under eviction from the house in Gleann Riada and just two days ago moved to O’Connor Park.”

Mr Gearty also told the court that O’Connor Park was named after a former Longford town clerk who was originally from Co Mayo and held in very high esteem by the people of the county town.

“Lets hope your new county manager is also held in high esteem,” quipped Judge Hughes in the light of the announcement that another Mayo man is to take up the position of CEO of Longford Co Council later this month.

Following his deliberations on the matter before him, Judge Hughes told the defendant that he had no time for people cursing at the Gardaí.

“I will not tolerate that type of behaviour,” he fumed before ordering Ms O’Connor to make the payment by June 14 next.

The defendant subsequently handed over €50 and the Judge ordered her to have the remainder of the money for him on the next date.

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