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Friday 9 December 2016

Two youth in court for disrupting meeting

Tallagh Garda station
Tallagh Garda station

TWO young men who continually interrupted speakers during a public meeting have been left without convictions.

David Moran (19) and Keith McCarthy (22) were at the public meeting to express their concerns about the lack of amenities for young people in the Tallaght area.

Judge Patrick Clyne dismissed the matters.

The pair admitted before Tallaght district court to threatening and abusive behaviour and failing to follow the directions of gardai.

The incident took place at St Aengus Community Centre, Tymon North in Tallaght on October 13 last year.

Sergeant Eithne Madden said the men had attended a meeting which was highlighting community concerns about the lack of local facilities for young people.

Sgt Madden said the men were shouting and continually interrupting the meeting.

The pair were asked to leave, but failed to do so. The court heard that the young men had never been in trouble before.

Defence solicitor Michael Hennessy said the men did not follow the proper procedures for speaking at public meetings and kept interrupting other speakers.

Mr Hennessy said Moran, of Tymon North Road in Tallaght, is a fine athlete, and has been working mending fences.

In relation to McCarthy, of Castle Park in Tallaght, he is completing a course at Pearse College.

Mr Hennessy also said it was commendable the men were interested enough in their community to attend the meeting.

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