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Councillor charged with public order offence at Donegal lodge

A County Councillor has been charged beneath the Public Order Act following an alleged incident at a Co Donegal lodge.

Frank McBrearty Jnr case was referred to as at Buncrana District Courtroom earlier as we speak.

Councillor McBrearty is alleged to have used or engaged in threatening, abusive or insulting phrases or behaviour with intent to impress a breach of the peace or being reckless as as to whether a breach of the peace might need been occasioned.

Particulars of the particular incident weren’t disclosed in court docket.

The incident allegedly occurred throughout a convention being held for councillors from throughout the nation on the Inishowen Gateway Resort in Buncrana on March twenty third, 2022.

The convention, held by the Affiliation of Irish Native Authorities, was attended by Minister of State for Native Authorities and Planning Peter Burke.

Councillor McBrearty, 54, was not in court docket for the temporary look however was represented by his solicitor, Mr Patsy Gallagher.

When the matter was beforehand earlier than the court docket it was struck out because of the summons having been despatched to the unsuitable handle.

The case was listed once more on Thursday at Buncrana District Courtroom. Councillor McBrearty was not current for the temporary listening to.

Solicitor for McBrearty, Mr Patsy Gallagher, advised the court docket that there was ‘some problem with the cost’. Mr Gallagher mentioned this was the second time the matter was earlier than the court docket having been beforehand struck out.

“It was struck out, not dismissed,” Choose Cunningham remarked.

Sergeant Sean McDaid utilized to amend the cost.

Mr Gallagher mentioned he had solely been knowledgeable on the morning of the court docket of the applying for an modification.

“There’s a substantial problem with addresses,” Mr Gallagher mentioned.

He requested that the case be linked to ‘general issues’ at Letterkenny District Courtroom on Monday subsequent.

Sergeant McDaid advised the court docket that he was making use of to amend the summons ‘on the earliest attainable date’.

“That was the final date,” Mr Gallagher contested.

Choose Cunningham mentioned the summons was reissued and famous the applying from Sergeant McDaid.

The case was adjourned to hyperlink with different issues at Monday’s sitting of Letterkenny District Courtroom.

Mr Michael Stains, solicitor, knowledgeable the court docket that he was current on behalf of Donegal County Council ‘on a watching temporary’.

Mr Gallagher requested the court docket “Why?”

The matter was adjourned to Monday subsequent, July seventeenth.

Councillor charged with public order offence at Donegal lodge was final modified: July thirteenth, 2023 by Employees Author