The trial of Mr George Redmond, former Assistant City and County Manager, for alleged corruption which had been scheduled to start next week has been adjourned to a date to be set.
Judge Desmond Hogan at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court agreed to vacate the December 1 trial date and adjourned the case for mention again on January 31 next for setting a new date.
Judge Hogan, who granted free legal aid for this case to him on Thursday, had been told that Mr Redmond (aged 79), is due to go into hospital on December 3 for surgery .
Mr Brendan Grehan SC, for Mr Redmond, said his client, who was going into hospital as a public patient, had an on-going health problem who had lost a stone in weight in recent months.
Mr Grehan said there would be a preliminary application concerning the trial which might take five days and the "fade factor" arising out of all recent publicity had also to be considered.
Mr Grehan’s application to adjourn the trial to a later date was supported also by prosecuting counsel, Mr Patrick J McCarthy SC (with Mr Patrick McGrath BL), on what he described as "humanitarian grounds".
Mr McCarthy told Judge Hogan that since a previous conviction against Mr Redmond had been quashed by the Court of Criminal Appeal new information had come to light and needed further investigation and the Director of Public Prosecutions wouldn’t wish to proceed at this time.
Judge Hogan had earlier noted that gardaí were satisfied that a statement of means provided on behalf of Mr Redmond gave an accurate account of his means at this time and said he was satisfied free legal aid should be allowed for this trial dealing with an allegation of corruption concerning land at Buzzardstown, Co Dublin.