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Garda station’s lack of biros “won’t happen again” after man gets aggressive

A judge criticised the station for its lack of biros after a man signing on for bail was told to bring his own pen.

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Updated 9.46pm

LIMERICK GARDAÍ WON’T be running out of biros anytime soon, after a lack of pens led to an aggressive incident… and then to court.

The station had to address its biro issues after it was criticised by a judge in Limerick Court, who threatened tough pen-alties (sorry) if the situation continued.

The story first emerged in the Limerick Leader, with David Hurley reporting from Limerick Court that Judge Eugene O’Kelly had been informed that a defendant on bail was told to bring his own biro to the public counter at Henry St garda station when signing on.

Aggressive

The defendant became aggressive after being told to get his own writing implement, and began to verbally abuse gardaí, said Hurley.

Judge O’Kelly expressed concern about the “lack of biros” at Henry St – and said it wasn’t the first time he had heard of such an incident.

The writing was soon on the wall for the garda station’s stationery cupboard.

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Judge O’Kelly warned that if cases kept coming before Limerick Court due to the lack of biros at Henry St garda station, he would consider not granting applications to include a signing-on condition for suspects being granted bail.

Today, a garda spokesperson told TheJournal.ie that the biro issues had been “addressed” and the lack of pens is “not going to be an issue in the future”.

First published 12.13pm

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