TD apologises and pleads guilty to public order offence

TD apologises and pleads guilty to public order offence
Sinn Féin TD Pat Buckley.

CORK EAST TD Pat Buckley has issued an apology after pleading guilty to a public order offence.

At Midleton District Court on Thursday, the Midleton-based Sinn Féin TD pleaded guilty to a charge of being drunk and using threatening and abusive behaviour to gardaí.

Yesterday, he issued a formal apology regarding the two charges under the Public Order Act.

The charge arose after a complaint about noise from a party at the Cork-East TD’s home.

Gardaí were alerted to a gathering at Mr Buckley’s home on August 18, 2017, which, it is understood, related to the graduation of one of his children from school.

In a statement, Mr Buckley said: “This was a family event, a celebratory affair involving a few drinks in my own home.

“Unfortunately, with alcohol on board, my attitude towards the Gardaí when they arrived at my home was not what it should have been.

“I apologise profusely for any offence caused and I totally accept the punishment handed down to me in court yesterday.”

Inspector Tony Sullivan gave evidence in the district court that when gardaí were called to Mr Buckley’s home, they were told to “f**k off.”

The case was adjourned until November 8 to pass sentence.

Mr Buckley is a first-term TD and former member of Cork County Council. He was elected to Dáil Éireann in the 2016 General Election and serves as Sinn Féin’s spokesperson on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention.

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