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Mum punched garda after binge in pub

A DRUNKEN mother punched a garda in the face as she tried to force her way back into a pub where she'd spent the day drinking with friends, a court heard.

Amanda O'Donoghue (28) said her brother died tragically last September and she started drinking heavily to cope with his loss.

O'Donoghue, a mother of seven, of Cloonmore Road, Tallaght, also kicked out at two patrol cars, causing minor damage to the headlights, while gardai were trying to arrest her.

Judge James McDonnell ordered a probation report and adjourned sentencing until May.

She admitted before Tallaght District Court to two counts of criminal damage as well as assaulting Garda Patrick Hanley.

The incident took place at the Old Blessington Road, in Tallaght, shortly after 10pm on January 20.

Garda Sergeant Carmel Henry said gardai were called to the Metro Bar following reports of a fight between a group of women.

Arguing

Sgt Henry said O'Donoghue had been kicked out of the pub by security staff and she was arguing with staff and trying to force her way back into the pub.

The sergeant said she was stopped from entering the pub by Garda Hanley and she punched him in the face.

Sgt Henry said O'Donoghue resisted arrest and also kicked out at two patrol cars, causing minor damage to the front lights.

Defence solicitor Kevin Tunney said O'Donoghue had been drinking in the bar all day.

Mr Tunney said her brother died tragically last September, and she started drinking heavily to cope with her loss.

He said that she is no longer with her partner, the father of her youngest children, as he has problems with drugs, and she's looking to move out of the Tallaght area and make a fresh start for her and her children.

Judge McDonnell ordered a probation report prior to sentencing and adjourned the matter for eight weeks.

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