Former Cork city councillor appears before court charged with harassment of female 

Joseph O’Donovan, formerly known as Gary O’Flynn, appeared before Judge Colm Roberts where he was charged with one count of harassment. 
Former Cork city councillor appears before court charged with harassment of female 

Joseph O'Driscoll who appeared at the Cork District Court, Anglesea Street, Cork. Picture Dan Linehan

A former Fianna Fáil councillor has appeared before Cork District Court charged with the harassment of a female in the city.

Joseph O’Donovan, formerly known as Gary O’Flynn, appeared before Judge Colm Roberts where he was charged with one count of harassment. 

The alleged offence occurred on three dates between the 30th of July and the sixth of August of this year in Cork city.

Dt Sgt Katrine Tansley gave evidence of the arrest, charge and caution of the 47 year old. She said that the accused made no reply when the charge was put to him under caution at the Bridewell Garda Station in Cork city at 5.13pm yesterday.

The alleged offence is contrary to Section 10 of the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act, 1997.

No objection to bail was made in the case. However, the former Fianna Fáil councillor, who is the son of former party TD Noel O’Flynn, must adhere to certain stringent bail conditions pending his next court appearance.

Mr O’Donovan must remain out of the area of Cork city centre except for medical or legal appointments. 

He was also ordered to stay away from specific streets in Cork city. O’Donovan must abstain from all intoxicants in public and sign on three times a week at Gurranabraher Garda Station on the northside of Cork city. He must also reside at his home in Melvindale House, Coolowen, Blarney, Co Cork.

Mr O’Donovan must have no contact, direct or indirect, with the alleged injured party in the case. This also applies to social media. He also must obey a curfew from 10pm to 7am daily.

Judge Roberts asked Mr O’Donovan if he understood that a Garda could call at his home, with all the embarrassment that entails, to make sure that he was obeying the terms of his bail. 

Mr O’Donovan said that he understood and acknowledged the terms of his bail. Mr O’Donovan, who was wearing a navy blazer, jeans and brown boots was told by Judge Roberts to “concentrate on the terms of the bail.” 

 Mr O’Donovan was represented by solicitor, Michael Quinlan, who made no application to the court. Judge Roberts remanded O’Donovan on his own bond of €250 to appear before Cork District Court for DPP directions on the 28th of September next.

Mr O’Donovan is the son of former TD, Noel O’Flynn who served in the constituency of Cork North Central from 1997 until his retirement in 2011. 

Mr O’Donovan, when he was known as Gary O’Flynn, was a sitting councillor in Cork city from 2003 to 2008. He took his father’s old seat on the council in 2003 when the dual mandate ban came into force. 

He ended his political career five years later with his seat going to his brother, Ken. Ken O’Flynn has held a seat ever since. He is an independent councillor on the northside of Cork city.

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