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Sunday 28 May 2017

TD sent council a letter over row that led to his downfall

Edel Kennedy

GREEN Party TD Trevor Sargent sent a letter to Fingal County Council in connection with the debacle that has caused him to resign his junior ministerial position.

The Irish Independent has learned that the gardai also sent a letter on the incident to the council.

Stephen Mulvany -- who was convicted of assaulting Dominic McGowan -- yesterday claimed that a complaint had been made about him to the council.

His partner is a council tenant and he was living with his partner at Cardy Rock Close, Balbriggan, Co Dublin, at the time of the assault.

It is understood that at least two letters were sent to Fingal County Council in connection with the incident at the centre of the controversy -- one each from the gardai and the Green TD.

Yesterday, Mr Mulvany told the Irish Independent that he believed Mr Sargent should never have gotten involved, and his subsequent resignation was his own fault.

He said his life has been "hell" since he assaulted Dominic McGowan. But he dismissed allegations he had been harassing Mr McGowan.

"If I'd wanted to do anything to him I'd just walk to his house and do it," he said.

"I put the two kids into my house (after he came to me) and the row happened on the other side of the street. And I gave him a belt."

Mr McGowan has said that, in the September 2007 incident, he went to tell the children's parents what had happened after he saw them knocking down a street sign. He said he was then headbutted by Mr Mulvany.

The council declined to comment on the claims, saying they did not comment on individual cases. Mr McGowan did not return a number of calls for comment. Mr Sargent was also unavailable last night for comment.

Irish Independent

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