The Circuit Court in Limerick has adjourned a case involving a tax offence charge against Limerick West TD Michael Collins until July.

The charge arose following the failure of Mr Collins to disclose a bogus non-resident account in 2002.

It means the 65-year-old will not now face the tax charge until after the General Election.

Mr Collins, of White Oak, Red House Hill in Patrickswell in Limerick is charged with obtaining a tax clearance certificate under the provisions of the Standards in Public Office Act, by falsely pretending to be tax compliant on a date unknown between 2 May and 31 May 2002.

A charge of cheating the Collector General by obtaining a tax clearance certificate under false pretences, contrary to common law, was dropped by the Director of Public Prosecutions at a court hearing last September.

The charges arose from a garda investigation into Mr Collins' tax affairs that was launched following his failure to disclose the bogus non-resident account.

At today's hearing an application for an adjournment was granted by Judge Carroll Moran.

Defence counsel Paul Green told the judge that, because of the sensitivity of the case, he was anxious that the issue be tried in as dispassionate an atmosphere as possible.

He said the accused was a member of the Oireachtas, which was now at a particular stage in the electoral cycle.

He said there were also personal reasons for seeking the adjournment which he did not want to go into.

Counsel for the DPP did not object to the adjournment and the case was put back until 4 July.