De Rossa's son remanded in mental hospital
A SON of Labour MEP Proinsias De Rossa, who is charged with assaulting his father, is to spend Christmas on remand in the Central Mental Hospital.
Fearghal De Rossa (45) had been remanded in custody on November 12 after he was accused of attacking his 71-year-old father.
A court heard yesterday from defence counsel Mark Lynam that he may suffer from schizophrenia. There were garda objections to the accused being released on bail due to the seriousness of the charge.
He has been charged with assault causing harm to the former government minister and Labour Party leader in Dublin, on November 11.
On November 16, he was transferred to the Central Mental Hospital (CMH) in Dundrum in Dublin for treatment after a judge heard there was "an issue in relation to mental health".
He appeared again at Cloverhill District Court yesterday where Judge David McHugh heard that a medical report on Mr De Rossa, of Old Finglas Road, Dublin, was not yet available.
Judge McHugh further remanded Mr De Rossa in custody to January 13 for a medical report on his condition and for directions from the DPP to be obtained.