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Judge remands republican Pearse McAuley in custody for a further two weeks

By Brian McDonald

Republican Pearse McAuley is facing a further two weeks in prison following a court appearance yesterday.

McAuley (50) was remanded in custody to Castlerea Prison following his initial court appearance in Cavan on St Stephen's Day.

He is facing four charges, including threatening to kill or cause serious harm to his wife, Pauline Tully McAuley at Keelderry, Kilnaleck, Co Cavan, on Christmas Eve.

He is also charged with assaulting Ms Tully McAuley causing her harm on the same occasion.

In addition, he is charged with threatening to kill or cause serious harm to Ms Tully McAuley's brother, Thomas Tully and with threatening to kill or cause serious harm to a neighbour, Seamus Leddy. These offences are also alleged to have been committed on December 24.

Ms Tully McAuley, a secondary school teacher at Cavan Vocational School, stepped down from her role as a Sinn Fein county councillor in Cavan in April 2012.

She had served for more than 10 years as a public representative, but made the decision to resign for work and family reasons. She is currently recovering from her injuries. Pearse McAuley, from Castleforde, Ballyconnell, Co Cavan, made a remand appearance before Judge Geoffrey Browne at Harristown District Court yesterday morning.

Inspector Ollie Baker applied to Judge Browne to have him remanded in continuing custody to appear again at Harristown District Court on January 16.

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