A former county councillor, charged with breaches of Covid-19 health regulations, has had the case against him adjourned for a fortnight.

A date will be set on 30 April for a hearing, in Irish, of the case against 60-year old Diarmaid Ó Cadhla, of Upper Beaumont Drive, Ballintemple, Cork.

He is facing charges under the Health Act, emergency legislation introduced by the Government last year to curb the spread of Covid-19.

The charges relate to an incident at St Patrick's Bridge in Cork on 1 April.

When the case first came before the district court in Cork earlier this week, Mr Ó Cadhla was not wearing a mask in court.

Judge Olann Kelleher adjourned the case until today to allow Mr Ó Cadhla to get a medical certificate to explain why he was not wearing a mask.

Mr Ó Cadhla was without a mask again when the case was called at the district court this morning.

Judge Kelleher instructed him to stand at the side, away from other people in the courtroom, and ordered him to leave the court once his case had concluded.

The judge said Mr Ó Cadhla would be escorted from the court by gardaí if he did not leave immediately.

"Some people have children and elderly parents," Judge Kelleher told Mr Ó Cadhla. "I am concerned with public health."