A Dublin publican who made headlines earlier this year over his decision to unfurl a banner dis-inviting the Queen from her official visit to Ireland (and his pub) has made headlines again - for all the wrong reasons.

John Stokes, 54, is accused of threatening another publican to stop trading within 24 hours.

Stokes is also facing additional charges for assault, possession of cocaine and having two stun guns.

Owner of the now fabled Players Lounge pub in Fairview, and father of Celtic striker Anthony Stokes, he made his third court appearance this week.

According to a report in BreakingNews.ie Stokes' accomplices were named as Alan Ryan, 30, Daryl Mulcahy, 19, and Derek Nolan, 29 - all from Dublin. The three had been charged in May under Section 17 of the Public Order Act.

The men are charged with menacing Shane Simpson, the former leaseholder of the Castle public house, in north inner city Dublin on March 13. They ordered Simpson to close his premises within 24 hours.
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In court, Stokes made no reply when he was further charged under the Firearms Act with the possessing two stun guns at his pub. When he was charged with allegedly assaulting Shane Simpson at the Players Lounge on March 13 Stokes replied: "That is untrue."

Stokes remained silent during the court hearings and was ordered to appear again in November when he will be served with a book of evidence.

John Stokes photographed outside the Players Lounge with his wifeIndependent