A Kildare man has been charged with stalking a former general election running mate of Brian Cowen.
Joe Delaney (aged 55) with an address at Ballyhagan, Carbury is accused of harassing auctioneer, developer and former Fianna Fáil councillor Gerard Killally who is from Edenderry, in Co. Offaly.
Mr Delaney had been kept in garda custody overnight following his arrest yesterday.
He was brought before Dublin District Court today charged under Section 10 of the Non Fatal Offences Against the Persons Act.
The charge alleges he harassed Mr Killally from August 15 to August 22 last, at Shean, near Edenderry in Co. Offaly.
Garda Gerard Feeley told Judge Aeneas McCarthy that the defendant was arrested at 4.40pm yesterday and brought to Tullamore Garda station where he was charged at 11.20pm.
“I handed him a true copy of the charge and he had no reply,” Gda Feeley said.
Gda Feeley also said he had no objection to bail providing the defendant gave an undertaking to “stay away from the injured party”.
Defence solicitor John Wood asked for the condition to state his client must stay away from the Shean area instead.
In reply, Gda Feeley said the defendant lived in Carbury near Edenderry and “it would be better if he keeps away from the person”.
He added that the defendant, who was wearing a black T-shirt and blue jeans, “has been following around the injured party”.
Judge McCarthy agreed to impose the bail condition sought by the prosecuting garda.
He remanded Mr Delaney, who remained silent during the brief proceedings, to appear again at Edenderry District Court on October 31 next.
Judge McCarthy granted him legal aid and warned he risked having his bail revoked if he broke the order.