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Warrant issued for the arrest of Father Ted actor McSorley

By Paddy Clancy

Published 13/07/2016

Damage charges: Gerard McSorley
Damage charges: Gerard McSorley

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of ‘Father Ted’ actor Gerard McSorley.

Mr McSorley - who is originally from Co Tyrone - is accused of damaging a bank’s flowerpots. However gardai have two months in which to serve the warrant before the case is called again.

Dungloe District Court in Co Donegal was told Mr McSorley is charged with damaging two flowerpots at the Bank of Ireland in Bunbeg.

Omagh-born Mr McSorley (66), who now lives in Bunbeg, is accused of the criminal damage offence on June 16.

McSorley played the character of Fr Todd Unctuous in the ‘Father Ted’ series. The actor was not present in court yesterday when the case was first called.

As Inspector David Murphy said he was applying for a warrant for the actor’s arrest, defence solicitor Jacqui Sharkey asked Judge Kelly to put the case back for a second call.

When the case was called later, Ms Sharkey told the court she  had been unable to contact Mr McSorley. Judge Paul Kelly issued a warrant for the actor’s arrest and told Ms Sharkey she could arrange with gardai for it to be served with discretion.

He adjourned the hearing to September 13.

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