For­mer lord mayor may be called to give ev­i­dence

Irish Examiner - - News - Liam Heylin

For­mer lord mayor Des Cahill may be called to give ev­i­dence in the case against a man ac­cused of black­ing out streets names in Cork called af­ter Bri­tain’s Queen Vic­to­ria.

Pat Ho­ran, so­lic­i­tor, first ap­plied for the case against his client to be ad­journed to a date other than Jan­uary 19 when it is listed for trial at Cork District Court.

Mr Ho­ran said it clashed with an un­re­lated case in which he was in­volved and which was set for hear­ing on Fri­day, Jan­uary 19.

Judge Olann Kelleher re­fused the ap­pli­ca­tion to take the case out of the list for Jan­uary 19 and said it had been set down for hear­ing with two other ac­cused.

Mr Ho­ran then made a sec­ond ap­pli­ca­tion for Mr Cahill to be present for the case on Jan­uary 19.

“Des Cahill, when he was Lord Mayor, made a state­ment to Ir­ish Ex­am­iner touch­ing on the defence,” said Mr Ho­ran.

“I will re­quire that in­di­vid­ual’s ad­dress.”

The judge said it was not for him to give ad­dresses. Mr Ho­ran said he was ask­ing the State to fur­nish the ad­dress.

Judge Kelleher said he could not make an or­der on this mat­ter and re­fused the ap­pli­ca­tion to take it out of the list.

Tony Walsh, aged 52, from 25 Car­rig­more Park, Ballinlough, is charged with two counts of crim­i­nal dam­age at Vic­to­ria Rd, two counts of crim­i­nal dam­age at Vic­to­ria Cross, and one count of crim­i­nal dam­age at Vic­to­ria St, Mil­i­tary Hill, on Fe­bru­ary 2. Two other co-ac­cused face sim­i­lar charges.

Mr Ho­ran said: “I would say Mr Walsh’s case could be di­vorced from the oth­ers.”

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