'Battle of Ballymahon' as Bannon takes on SF
Gardaí were called to a housing estate in Ballymahon, Co Longford, last night after a dispute erupted between Sinn Féin candidate Paul Hogan and Fine Gael TD James Bannon.
Mr Hogan has demanded an apology by 3pm today from the TD or says he will press charges against a canvasser for the alleged theft of election leaflets.
Mr Hogan told the Irish Independent he has five witnesses who saw someone they believed to be a canvasser for the TD remove his literature from post boxes in the Creevaghbeg estate.
He said gardaí believe it would be possible to bring charges under the Electoral Act.
However, Mr Bannon has tried to play down the row, saying he was not in the vicinity when the incident developed.