Drink-driving case against Cork FF TD adjourned

THE case against a Fianna Fáil TD accused of drink driving has been adjourned for a month.

Cork South West TD Christy O’Sullivan was due before Clonakilty district court yesterday over his arrest on suspicion of drink driving on the June bank holiday weekend.

The 59-year-old father of seven was stopped at a checkpoint operated by members of the west Cork Garda Divisional Traffic Corps from Bandon at Western Road in Clonakilty at 9.30pm on the Monday of the holiday weekend.

He was arrested after providing a breath sample. He was taken to Clonakilty Garda Station where he gave a blood sample which was sent for analysis to the Medical Bureau of Road Safety in Dublin.

His name was first on Judge James McNulty’s list at a sitting of Clonakilty district court yesterday morning.

Mr O’Sullivan’s name was called and Superintendent Pat Maher told Judge McNulty that this was the first time the matter has come before the courts.

Mr O’Sullivan was not in court but his legal representative, solicitor Mary O’Callaghan, applied for an adjournment until November 4.

Judge McNulty agreed to adjourn the matter by consent.

He said in the event of a not guilty plea being entered, he said the state would need to be put on notice in advance of that date of any witnesses or statements that may be provided.

Ms O’Callaghan said that would not be required.

Judge McNulty then asked if that was an indication of a particular course of action to be taken. Ms O’Callaghan replied yes.

The brief exchange lasted just a few minutes.

Mr O’Sullivan is now due to appear before Clonakilty District Court again on November 4 when a plea will be entered. The case is expected to proceed to a full hearing on that date.

Mr O’Sullivan was elected to the Dáil for the first time in May 2007. He had joined Fianna Fáil just before the election.

He had first been elected as a public representative in 1999 when he joined Cork County Council as an independent.

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