The lack of biros at one of the busiest garda stations in the country has been blamed for a number of recent public order incidents.
A number of people have been prosecuted in recent weeks for engaging in a threatening and abusive manner at the public office of Henry Street garda station in Limerick.
During one recent case, the court was informed the offence happened after the defendant had attended the garda station to sign on as a condition of his bail relating to a separate matter.
Judge Eugene O'Kelly was told when the defendant got to the public counter, he was informed there was no biro and he was told to go away and return with his own biro.
It was at this point the defendant became aggressive and began to verbally abuse gardai who were on duty at the time.
In Limerick. There's a joke in there I'm sure.
See "Warning for gardai over biro shortage" for more.