In Brief

In Brief Lord Mayor Cllr Mick Finn
Accused priest tries to stop trial

A priest accused of indecently assaulting a young girl over 40 years ago has launched a High Court action aimed at stopping his criminal trial from going ahead. The accused denies a charge that he indecently assaulted the girl in the mid-1970s at her home while watching a film when she was 10 years of age.

The priest, who was known to the complainant’s family, is alleged to have touched the girl under her clothing when she was sitting on his knee while they and several other people were watching a film being shown on a projector. If found guilty of the offence the priest faces a maximum of two years in prison.


Cork launch suicide awareness booklet

A new booklet outlining the host of mental health supports available to young people in Cork was launched on February 5. It is targeted at teenagers aged 15 and over, and aims to provide information that is accessible, clear and youth-friendly. The Youth Mental Health Resource booklet is part of the Connecting for Life Cork suicide and self-harm reduction plan for the city and county. Lord Mayor Cllr Mick Finn, who launched the booklet at City Hall said: “I encourage all youth groups and organisations, as well as all secondary schools in the city and county, to ensure this information gets to its target population.”