Monday 18 December 2017

Former Cork mayor in court on sexual assault charges

Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

A FORMER Lord Mayor of Cork has been charged with six counts of sexual assault.

John Murray, a former Labour Party official and retired member of Cork City Council, appeared before Cork District Court.

Judge Leo Malone was told that Murray, who was Cork's First Citizen in 1993, faces a total of six charges of sexual assault against an individual relating to dates between 1996 and 1998.

Murray of 17 Gregg Road, Cork is vehemently denying all the charges.

He appeared in court wearing a light brown suit and remained silent during the brief hearing.

Inspector Pat Meaney said that the book of evidence in relation to the case is not yet ready.

He applied for the matter to be adjourned for a fortnight and said that the book will be ready for service on the defendant by that date.

Judge Malone agreed to the application and adjourned the case to June 12.

He remanded Murray on continuing bail to appear before the district court on that date.

The retired politician operated a successful taxi business in Cork and was involved in local politicians throughout his life.

He became one of the most senior members of the Labour Party in Cork city and the highlight of his career was when he held the Lord Mayoralty, one of only three such positions in Ireland, in 1993/94.

The position is rotated between Fianna Fáil, Labour and Fine Gael on a long-standing pact arrangement.

During his term, Mr Murray represented Cork in the United States during the 1994 World Cup finals.

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