A 56-year-old member of Cork County Council has been before the District Court in Cork, charged with five counts of criminal damage to street signs at three locations in Cork city.

The charges against Diarmaid Ó Cadhla, a councillor for the Glanmire/Cobh electoral area, and who has an address at Ballintemple in Cork; relate to a campaign in which he is involved which is opposed to the naming of streets in the city after Queen Victoria.

Two other men were also before the court charged with the same offences.

They are 56-year-old Thomas O'Connor from Mangorton Close, The Glen, Cork, and 52-year-old Tony Walsh of Carrigmor Park, Ballinlough, Cork.

The cases against all three were adjourned until 4 December.