FORMER Labour Party Senator James Heffernan shouted at gardaí to “release me, you c***ts” when he was arrested for causing a drunken disturbance at a pub in Cork city.
The incident happened at the Woodford pub, off Daunt Square in Cork city centre, on June 12.
The 40-year-old pleaded guilty today to two charges arising out of the incident, namely engaging in threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour likely to lead to a breach of the peace and being drunk and a source of danger to himself or others.
Sergeant John Kelleher said at Cork District Court today that gardaí received a report of a man behaving aggressively with staff at the premises.
Officers arrived to see that he was being restrained by staff.
When he was arrested he was abusive to gardaí and told them to release him.
Eddie Burke, solicitor, said that on the night the accused did not think he was doing anything wrong but he did apologise for his behaviour.
Mr Burke said that things went badly wrong for the defendant two years ago when he effectively lost everything. Before that, he had been a primary school teacher.
The solicitor said James Heffernan of Curryglass, Newtownshandrum, Charleville, was trying to put his life together again after this period of difficulties.
Judge Olann Kelleher said, “I can see he has difficulties which I take into consideration this time.”
The judge fined him €200 on the drunkenness charge and €250 on the count of engaging in threatening behaviour.
James Heffernan was a Labour Party Senator and later a Social Democrats Councillor.
Sergeant Kelleher said he had eight previous convictions including one for being drunk and a source of danger.