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Out on bail: Eddie Óg O’Reilly (40) leaves court in Dublin yesterday after his case was adjourned. Photo: Collins Courts

Out on bail: Eddie Óg O’Reilly (40) leaves court in Dublin yesterday after his case was adjourned. Photo: Collins Courts

Out on bail: Eddie Óg O’Reilly (40) leaves court in Dublin yesterday after his case was adjourned. Photo: Collins Courts

A businessman and former Cavan Gaelic football star has been given four weeks to indicate how he is pleading to a charge of attacking a journalist at the Four Courts.

Eddie Óg O'Reilly (40), of Kilcogy, Mullahoran, Co Cavan, is accused of assault causing harm and theft of a notebook from veteran court reporter Ray Managh.

Last week he was remanded in custody with consent to bail on condition of a €5,000 lodgement, following his hearing at Dublin District Court.

He has taken up bail and was before the court again yesterday when he was ordered to appear again in four weeks.

Defence counsel Matthew Holmes told Judge Dermot Simms his client was seeking to have one of his bail terms amended.

Garda Michael McGrath consented to an application to reduce his obligation to sign on daily at his local garda station. He now has to sign on three times a week.

At his next appearance on November 27, he will be expected to indicate a plea, or have a trial date set if he plans to contest the case.

Counsel said disclosure of prosecution evidence was available.

Mr Managh, a well-known journalist, covers the Circuit Civil Court and High Court actions for multiple national news outlets. He had been reporting on civil proceedings involving Mr O'Reilly when the assault and theft are alleged to have happened on May 11, last year.

Irish Independent