Donegal-based actor Gerard McSorley has appeared in court again charged with threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour in Newtowncunningham.

The 69-year-old, who played Fr Todd Unctious in the Father Ted comedy series, was brought before Ballina District Court in Co Mayo.

He was arrested in relation to an alleged incident in Newtowncunningham, the day before.

Gda Malachy Magee objected to the defendant getting bail.

He told the court McSorley had three previous bench warrants for non-appearance in court and he had no permanent address.

The officer added the former actor had been evicted from sheltered accommodation and was “absolutely not welcome back”.

McSorley was estranged from his family and was “very much alone and vulnerable”.

Solicitor Denis Molloy said Donegal was a county with numerous B&Bs and there was more accommodation than ever now the tourist season is over.

Judge Fiona Lydon said the fact McSorley had no permanent address was not a deterrent to granting bail but conditions were imposed.

McSorley must stay away from Trinity Court in Newtowncunningham except to collect his property, he must refrain from antisocial behaviour and inform gardai where he is staying.

The defendant agreed to the conditions and thanked the judge.

He was remanded on bail to appear before Letterkenny District Court next Thursday.


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