Longford District Court: Barred from local Chinese restaurant

News Reporter


News Reporter



A man who appeared at last week’s sitting of Longford District Court charged under the Public Order Act was ordered to appear back before the court in two weeks time.

Martin McDonnell (20), 114 McEoin Park, Longford appeared before Judge Seamus Hughes charged with engaging in threatening, abusive and insulting words or behaviour at the Rising Sun Restaurant, Dublin Street, Longford on January 14, 2018.

Outlining the evidence to the court, Inspector Bláithín Moran said that the case centred around an altercation that took place at a Chinese restaurant in Longford town.

She added that on the date in question, gardaí were called to the Longford town restaurant after a disturbance there was reported to members of the force.

The Inspector also pointed out that the defendant and his wife were told they were barred from the restaurant after they arrived there and the altercation subsequently ensued.

“Gardaí went to the restaurant and observed the defendant being extremely abusive to staff,” Inspector Moran added, before pointing out that Mr McDonnell also refused to leave the restaurant after being asked to do so by gardaí.

“He continued to argue and threaten the owner and told her ‘you will pay for this’.
“There were people on the premises at the time including four children.”
The defendant’s solicitor Frank Gearty then said, that on the night, a dispute arose between the defendant’s wife and staff at the restaurant after Mrs McDonnell was told that she and her husband would not be served there.

He said the couple had taken umbrage at the fact.

Judge Hughes then told Mr Gearty that he required Mrs McDonnell to present herself in court so that he could hear her version of events from that night.

The matter was subsequently adjourned to February 20 to allow the woman time to come to court.