Monday 18 February 2019

Humanitarian worker swore at gardai after street argument

Vincent Barry. Photo: Frank McGrath
Vincent Barry. Photo: Frank McGrath

A security worker for an international humanitarian organisation was arrested when he swore at gardai.

Vincent Barry (33) became abusive and refused to give his details to officers after a street disturbance.

A court heard he was due to travel on missions to Afghanistan and India.

Judge Bernadette Owens dismissed public order charges under the Probation of Offenders Act, leaving him without a criminal record, after he made a €200 charity donation.

Father-of-two Barry, of Cashel Road, Crumlin, pleaded guilty to threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour and failing to give gardai his name and address.

Dublin District Court heard the incident happened at 3.45am on Drimnagh Road last April 9 when gardai attended an altercation in which Barry was not involved.


When asked for his name and address, he refused to tell them and shouted abuse at them.

The accused was trying to get someone else home at the time and regretted coming to the attention of the gardai, said Anne Fitzgibbon, defending.

Barry had worked all his life and had been assistant manager at a supermarket.

He was working on a voluntary basis for an international organisation and was due to go on missions to India and Afghanistan, said Ms Fitzgibbon.

Barry only got paid his expenses for that work but hoped to get a full-time job with the organisation.

A conviction would mean an end to that career.

Ms Fitzgibbon asked Judge Owens to strike the charges out after he paid €200 to charity.

The judge applied the Probation of Offenders Act and set recognisances in the event of an appeal.

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