Limerick man in court following disturbance at bonfire

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

A MAN who threatened to shoot gardai at a bonfire in Moyross during this week’s May Eve celebrations has been ordered to pay €200 to the Garda Benevolant Fund.

A MAN who threatened to shoot gardai at a bonfire in Moyross during this week’s May Eve celebrations has been ordered to pay €200 to the Garda Benevolant Fund.

Christopher Fitzgerald, 51, who has an address at Dalglish Park, Moyross was arrested after he became abusive towards gardai during a bonfire at Cosgrave Park shortly before 1am on May 1.

At Limerick District Court, Fitzgerald pleaded guilty to several charges under the Public Order Act.

Sgt Donal Cronin said at one point Fitzgerald, who was intoxicated, had encouraged other people attending the bonfire to get a gun so he could shoot gardai.

The Court was told the defendant violently resisted arrest after he refused to leave the area when asked to do so by gardai.

Solicitor John Devane said his client, who has no previous convictions, had apologised to gardai when he sobered up. “He was at a bonfire and the heat got a little bit too much,” he said adding that it was “very unlikely” that Fitzgerald would come to the notice of gardai again.

Judge Eamon O’Brien ordered that €200 be paid to the Garda Benevolant Fund by September 26, next.