A councillor who featured in the RTÉ Investigates programme on Standards in Public Office has appeared in court on two charges of assaulting two men in February last year.

John O'Donnell, of Kilmacrennan, Co Donegal, was charged with assault causing harm to Seamus O'Donnell at Gortlee, Letterkenny on 23 February 2015 and also with assaulting Emmet Gallagher, causing him harm on the same date at Sultan Takeaway in Letterkenny.

Letterkenny District Court was told that 35-year-old Mr O'Donnell was arrested on 4 July at New Line Road in Letterkenny on suspicion of assault causing harm and was charged shortly afterwards with the two offences.

He made no reply to either charge.

In another case, which Judge Paul Kelly was told was related, Conor Ferguson of 4 Gort na Ri, Kilmacrennan, was charged with assaulting Kirstie Callaghan causing her harm on 23 February 2015.

A medical report and a number of photographs of the injured party were handed into the Judge and Garda Paul McKenna who had recently spoken to her, said that she had a noticeable scar on her lip.

Inspector Michael Harrison said the DPP had directed trial on indictment in the case of Mr O'Donnell and he applied for an adjournment for service of the book of evidence which he said should be ready in October.

An application was made for free legal aid on behalf of Mr O'Donnell but Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the case until 24 October and said he will deal with the issue of legal aid on that date. 

Mr Ferguson was granted free legal aid by the Judge and his case was also adjourned to 24 October.