Actor McSorley fails to appear in court as he is ill in hospital

December 19, 2019

Fr Ted star Gerard McSorley has failed to appear in court after it was revealed that he is ill in hospital.

The well-known actor was due to appear at Letterkenny District Court today (Thurs) to face public order charges.

It follows an incident at sheltered accommodation in Newtowncunningham on December 11th last.

McSorley, aged 69, was arrested and appeared at Ballina District Court in Co Mayo where the case was adjourned to until today.

Garda Malachy Magee told the court that was “absolutely not welcome back” to the accommodation after the alleged incident.

When McSorley’s case was called today, Garda Inspector Michael Harrison said he had been informed that the accused was a patient at Letterkenny University Hospital.

Judge Paul Kelly asked Inspector Harrison how he wanted to proceed with the case.

Inspector Harrison said the difficulty he had was that he had no paperwork for the case and he did not have an address for Mr McSorley.

“I know he is in hospital but I have no paperwork on this at all.

“Can we adjourn it because I know he was taken into hospital and I don’t think he could be here today anyway. Can you put it back for a month and we’ll try to get a plan?

“He doesn’t appear to have an address but we’ll get word to him in the hospital,” he said.

Judge Kelly adjourned the case until January 17th.

The same court fined the actor €150 on December 4th last for another series of public order offences when he abused Gardai and then caused criminal damage to a Garda cell when he constantly spat at the door.

However, his then solicitor Patsy Gallagher told the court he could not pay the fine until next year when he received his next acting role.