A former Fianna Fáil councilwoman has been accused of molesting a young woman in Cork.
Oseph O’Donovan, 47, formerly known as Gary O’Flynn, appeared before Judge Colm Roberts at Cork District Court where he was charged with a case of molestation.
The charges relate to three appointments between July 30 and August 6 this year in Cork City and allegedly involved a woman in her 20s.
Detective Sergeant Kathrine Tansley presented evidence to the court for the arrest, charge and warning.
She said the accused had not responded when the charge was formally issued on Tuesday at 5.13pm at Bridewell Garda Station in Cork City.
The alleged offense violates Section 10 of the Non-Fatal Offenses Against the Person Act 1997.
The state has not objected to bail in this case.
However, the former Fianna Fáil councilman, the son of former party leader Noel O’Flynn, must abide by strict bail conditions before his next court appearance.
Mr O’Donovan is required to be outside the Cork City Center area except for medical or legal appointments.
He was also ordered to stay off several specific streets in Cork City.
Mr O’Donovan must refrain from all intoxicants in public and report to Gurranabraher Garda station in north Cork city three times a week.
He must also reside at his home at Melvindale House, Coolowen, Blarney, Co Cork.
Mr. O’Donovan must have no direct or indirect contact with the allegedly injured party in the case.
This also applies to all forms of social and electronic media.
He is also required to observe a daily curfew from 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.
Judge Roberts asked O’Donovan if he understood that, with all the embarrassment that entails, a garda could come to his home to make sure he was complying with the terms of his bail.
O’Donovan said he understood and acknowledged the terms of his bail.
The defendant, who wore a navy blue blazer, jeans and brown boots, was told by Judge Roberts to “focus on the terms of the bail”.
O’Donovan was represented by attorney Michael Quinlan, who did not file a motion in court.
Judge Roberts remanded O’Donovan on his own bail of €250 to appear before Cork District Court on September 28 on DPP orders.
O’Donovan is the son of former TD, Noel O’Flynn, who served in the Cork North Central constituency from 1997 until his retirement in 2011.
Mr O’Donovan, when he was known as Gary O’Flynn, was an acting councilor in Cork City from 2003 to 2008.
In 2003, when the ban on dual mandates came into force, he took over his father’s old seat on the council.
He ended his political career five years later when his seat went to his brother Kenneth.
Kenneth O’Flynn remains an independent councilor in north Cork City.
https://www.independent.ie/news/former-fianna-fail-councillor-charged-with-harassing-young-woman-in-cork-41918969.html Former councilor Fianna Fáil has been charged with molesting a young woman in Cork