Case against man accused of assaulting Senator O’Domhnaill adjourned

Instructions are still awaited from the Director of Public Prosecutions on a man accused of assaulting failed general election Fianna Fail candidate Senator Brian O Domhnaill.

Dungloe District Court today adjourned until April 12th a charge against Jim Sharkey of assaulting Senator O Domhnaill and causing him harm at Meenacuing, Gweedore, last August 22nd.

Sharkey, who has an address at Bayside, New York, is also accused of breaching the peace with threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour at the same place on the same date, and with damaging a plastic seat belt cover from a Ford Transit minibus belonging to Neil Gallagher.

The adjournment for the decision of the DPP was applied for by Garda Inspector Sylvie Henry.

He told an earlier hearing that a fairly elaborate investigation was carried out by gardai.

Judge Denis McLoughlin agreed to an application by defence solicitor Jacqui Sharkey that her client, as he lived in New York, could be excused from the next hearing when a decision on the prosecution process will be made by the DPP.

Senator O Domhnaill, 33, was defeated along with Tanaiste Mary Coughlan when he contested the general election in the Donegal South West constituency.