A 71-year-old man has been before the District Court in Cork charged with impeding the prosecution of his son.

Shane Fitzgerald from Meelin in North Cork was sentenced to six-and-a-half years in jail when he was convicted in April 2015 of dangerous driving causing the death of father-of-four Paudie O'Leary near Mr O'Leary's home in East Kerry.

This morning, Shane Fitzgerald's father Dan Joe of Knockeen, Meelin, Newmarket, Co Cork, was arrested and charged with impeding his son's prosecution for that offence.

Garda Inspector Fergal Foley said the DPP had directed trial on indictment at the Circuit Criminal Court in Cork. He asked Judge Leo Malone for time to allow for the preparation of a book of evidence.

Dan Joe Fitzgerald was charged with impeding the apprehension or prosecution of his son Shane on a date between 1 July and 13 July, 2012, when Shane had committed the offence of dangerous driving causing the death of Mr O'Leary.

Cork District Court was told by defence solicitor Shane Collins-Daly that Dan Joe Fitzgerald was a pensioner receiving €225 per week.

However, Inspector Foley objected to an application for free legal aid, saying Dan Joe Fitzgerald was actively involved in the importation and sale of machinery from the UK.

Judge Leo Malone reserved his decision on that application and adjourned the case to 15 December.