Dad blocked ambulance bay and spat at security
A father-of-one lay on the ground outside a hospital Emergency Department and stopped an ambulance with a patient getting in after arguing with staff, a court heard.
Paul Ryan (38) had to be physically removed by gardai to let the ambulance into its bay.
He had come to the hospital suffering from chest pains while he had been drinking, then "took umbrage" when security asked his friend to leave.
Ryan, of Crumlin Road, admitted to threatening or abusive behaviour at St James's Hospital on February 12.
Judge Ann Ryan adjourned the case for a restorative justice programme report.
Dublin District Court heard gardai were called to the hospital's Emergency Department at 2.50am.
Ryan was lying on the ground in the ambulance bay and one security guard was standing over him, while another was struggling with Ryan's friend.
When asked to get up of his own free will, Ryan was "unresponsive", a garda said.
Gardai asked him to move. This went on for 10 to 15 minutes before an ambulance arrived with a patient and was unable to access the bay.
Ryan had to be removed from the bay and as the gardai did so, he spat at security.
"He certainly should have known better given his age than to behave in the manner he did," Ryan's barrister said.
"He realises the strain the health services face at the best of times and apologises for his actions."
The court heard Ryan had begun experiencing chest pains while drinking and his friend accompanied him to the ED
His friend was asked to leave the waiting area, Ryan followed them out to remonstrate with security and the situation "escalated". Ryan's barrister asked the judge to view the offence as an "aberration".