An elderly man in Cork was convicted and fined on Monday, after he told a non-national that “Bobby Sands did not die for the blacks.”
In December, Cork District Court Judge Leo Malone ordered Richard Hurley, 68, to make a donation to a local hospice. Hurley, who had no previous convictions, failed to make the donation.
On Monday, Judge Malone convicted Hurley, of 95 Barrack St, Cork, and imposed a €600 ($771) fine, the Irish Examiner reports.
The incident occurred on Barrack St, Cork on January 4 2012 when the victim told police he was waiting for an estate agent to show him a property at 96 Barrack St. As he was waiting Hurley came out of his home at No. 95.
Insp Bill Duane told the court the accused stuck his finger up to the man and said, “Go back to your own f....n country you f*cking black ‘n’.”
“Mr Hurley told gardaí he [the foreign national] was peeping in his doorway and said, ‘I will not have peeping Toms in my doorway.’
“He continued to shout: ‘the Irish did not fight in West Cork for the blacks. Bobby Sands did not die for the blacks’.”
At a hearing last year his attorney, Diarmuid Kelleher, said Hurley had a heart condition which heightened his lack of tolerance on the day in question.