Nenagh judge calls for more Gardai at court sittings

Nenagh Court staff would have to move to Limerick if proposed downgrade goes ahead.
Judge Elizabeth MacGrath has called for more Gardai to attend court sittings after last Friday’s court in Nenagh had to be suspended due to a disturbance.

Judge Elizabeth MacGrath has called for more Gardai to attend court sittings after last Friday’s court in Nenagh had to be suspended due to a disturbance.

The court had been sitting for around five minutes when there was an exchange of words between a number of defendants with one being heard to call another person a “rat”. There were just two sergeants in court at the time and both were occupied with prosecuting offences.

Judge MacGrath later called for more Gardai to control the crowd in the courtroom. “It is unfair on people who are here to have to put up with it (the disturance),” she said. The court resumed after a 20-minute break.

Meanwhile, the Gardaí have confirmed that they are following up on a report of an alleged assault at Nenagh Courthouse the previous day in which a man is said to have received a punch to the jaw.