Dad shouted obscenities at girls passing by on Temple Bar street
A man was arrested for shouting obscenities at passing girls on a Temple Bar street that a judge said was "well-known for nefarious activities".
Father-of-one Daryl Hoey (27) was ordered to carry out 120 hours of community service to avoid being jailed for two months for his obscene remarks to the girls as they walked past.
A court heard Hoey was working to turn his life around after having struggled with an alcohol addiction and homelessness.
Hoey, with an address at Rossmore Road, Ballyfermot, pleaded guilty at Dublin District Court to threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour.
He also admitted a charge of offensive conduct in the same incident.
Giving evidence, Gda Sheanagh Carroll said the incident happened on Bedford Row in Temple Bar at 7.55pm last May 9.
She arrested the accused under the Public Order Act and took him to Pearse Street Garda Station where he made no reply to the charges.
He had a large number of previous convictions for offences including public order breaches, theft and assault.
Judge Michael Walsh asked the garda to "elaborate further" on what had happened.
"There was a group of girls passing by and he shouted obscenities at them," Gda Carroll replied.
The judge said: "The incident happened at Bedford Row, a well-known street for nefarious activities in the city, and he was shouting obscenities at passers-by."
Hoey had a difficult relationship with his father and had to leave the family home, finding himself homeless at the age of 18, his solicitor Danica Kinane said.
He had fallen into alcohol addiction and was working to address that addiction now.
Hoey was prioritising being a father to his six year-old son, who he saw regularly, Ms Kinane continued.
He acknowledged that he had a bad history of criminal offences.
Judge Walsh said that if the accused was fit and well and was trying to turn his life around, he would impose a community service order.
He confirmed the order after Hoey was found suitable by the probation service.