An appeal by Ian Bailey against a drug driving conviction has been adjourned until next October.

The adjournment is in order to allow for the presence in court of the member in charge of Bantry Garda Station on the day of the alleged offences.

At a sitting of Cork Circuit Appeals Court today, State Solicitor for West Cork, Malachy Boohig said that the member in charge was out sick today.

He told Judge Helen Boyle that Mr Bailey's barrister, Alan O'Dwyer, had indicated the need for this witness to be present at the appeal hearing.

Mr Boohig said that it was "rather unusual" for a member in charge to be called as that is usually "accepted evidence". However, Mr O'Dwyer said that there was more than one charge under appeal.

The appeal hearing will be heard in Clonakilty on 6 October next.

Mr Bailey was present in court for the calling over of the list. It is thought the case will take half a day.

In May 2021, Mr Bailey was convicted of drug driving by Judge John King at Bantry District Court.

The charges arose from an incident on 25 August 2019 outside Schull, in west Cork.

He was disqualified from driving for 12 months and fined a total of €700.