A Sinn Féin TD has apologised for his behaviour after he pleaded guilty to a charge of being drunk and to using threatening and abusive behaviour to gardaí.

Pat Buckley from Midleton, who represents the Cork East constituency in the Dáil, issued his statement today.

He pleaded guilty at the district court in Midleton yesterday to two charges under the Public Order Act.

The case arose after a complaint about noise from a party at Mr Buckley's home was made to gardaí in August of last year.

Inspector Tony Sullivan gave evidence in court that when gardaí called to the TD’s home they were told to "f**k off".

Mr Buckley's solicitor said he apologised in full.

The case has been adjourned until 8 November.

In the statement, Mr Buckley said he apologised for any offence caused.

He said there was a celebratory family event taking place at his home and "with alcohol on board" his attitude towards gardaí when they arrived there "wasn't what it should have been".