A PENSIONER who swung a fist at a garda as he left a hotel has been banned from every pub in Dublin for three months.
Donal Farrell (73) was fined €250 and convicted of public order offences in the incident.
Farrell, of St Brigid's Court, Artane, pleaded guilty to public intoxication and causing a breach of the peace at Bachelors Walk on August 20, 2012.
Dublin District Court heard gardai were on patrol when they came across the accused as he left the Arlington Hotel at 1.10am.
The officers believed he was a danger to himself and others and directed him to leave the area.
Farrell became increasingly aggressive and abusive towards them, swung his fist at one officer and narrowly missed his jaw. He was arrested at the scene.
His solicitor said he had an "impeccable record" and asked Judge Alan Mitchell to leave him without a conviction.
The accused said he had arthritis and "tripped" on the night.
Judge Mitchell said the gardai had a difficult enough job.
He imposed an order excluding the defendant from all licensed premises in Dublin for three months.