Man in custody charged with assaulting Mayor of Galway

Martin Ward, of no fixed abode, in court over incident involving Neil McNelis

A 26-year-old man has been remanded in custody in connection with an alleged assault on the Mayor of Galway in the city last week.

Martin Ward, of no fixed abode, appeared before Galway District Court on Monday.

He is charged with assaulting Neil McNelis on September 7th at Wolfe Tone Bridge, contrary to Section 2 of the Non-Fatal Offences Act 1997.

He is further charged with being drunk in public and with breaching the peace by engaging in threatening, abusive and insulting words or behaviour on the same date at Wolfe Tone Bridge.

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Sergeant Finbarr Philpott said he was waiting for the Director of Public Prosecution’s directions in relation to the charges.

Judge Mary Fahy remanded Mr Ward in custody to appear before the court again next Monday by video link from prison.