A 31-year-old man has been charged with the attempted murder of his mother at their home in Innishannon, Co Cork earlier this summer.

Gearoid Coughlan, of Ballycoughlan, Innishannon, appeared before Bandon District Court today.

He had previously been charged in connection with an alleged assault on his mother in June of this year but today that assault charge was withdrawn as the Director of Public Prosecutions directed he be charged with the attempted murder of Mary Coughlan, and with intentionally and recklessly causing harm to her.

Detective Garda Peter Nolan gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution. He said Mr Coughlan made no reply when the charges were put to him under caution at 1.50pm today at North Main Street in Bandon.

Inspector David Callaghan told the court that Mr Coughlan also faces two minor theft charges involving him allegedly stealing cans of alcohol and a bottle of gin from a supermarket in Dunmanway, Co Cork on 28 May and 29 May last.

He has already been remanded in custody to appear before the next sitting of Cork Circuit Criminal Court on 2 September next on these charges.

Judge James McNulty further remanded him in custody in relation to today's charges.

He is due to appear at the next sitting of the Central Criminal Court in Dublin where a decision will be made on his fitness to plead.

Defence solicitor Plunkett Taaffe applied for free legal aid for his client and requested that both a junior and senior counsel be made available at Central Criminal Court and Circuit Court levels.

Judge McNulty granted his request for the Central Criminal Court but said a junior counsel would suffice for the theft charges at Cork Circuit Criminal Court.