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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Conlan arrested after bar incident in which man was allegedly glassed

Arrested by appointment: Fine Gael TD Sean Conlan
Arrested by appointment: Fine Gael TD Sean Conlan
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

Fine Gael TD Sean Conlan has claimed he was the victim of an assault in his pub as it emerged gardaí arrested him for questioning in relation to the alleged glassing incident in the family bar.

Mr Conlan was arrested by appointment at Castleblayney Garda Station in Monaghan yesterday at 9.30am.

He was held under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act and questioned for four hours by gardai investigating an incident that left a man needing medical attention.

The TD was later released without charge and a file will be sent to the Director of Public Prosecution.

A Garda spokesman said a man in his 40s attended Castleblayney Garda Station yesterday morning and was arrested.

After his release from custody, Fine Gael issued a statement on behalf of Mr Conlan that said the TD made a complaint to gardai about an alleged assault "perpetrated" on him.

The statement did not mention he was arrested by gardai.

"I attended the garda station in Castleblayney this morning voluntarily to give my statement of complaint to the gardaí about the assault which was perpetrated on me in my family pub last Sunday," Mr Conlan said.

He added: "I co-operated fully with the gardaí. As this is an ongoing investigation, I will be making no further comment in relation to the matter."

Mr Conlan was present in his family bar, which is currently being leased to a third party, when a man in his 20s was allegedly stabbed with a broken glass.

The man subsequently received medical attention.

Gardaí were called to the scene at around 8pm on Sunday, August 23, but no arrests were made on the night.

A number of witnesses, including the man who was allegedly injured during the fracas, have been interviewed by gardaí in the past week.

Mr Conlan's arrest comes seven days before he is expected to contest a Fine Gael selection convention for the Cavan/Monaghan constituency.

The TD is due to go before Fine Gael's local membership next Tuesday, alongside Arts Minister Heather Humphreys and Cavan's Joe O'Reilly.

Members of Fine Gael's grassroots organisation in Monaghan are expected to meet with party headquarters ahead of the selection convention to discuss the ongoing controversies surrounding Mr Conlan.

Fine Gael secretary general Tom Curran is also understood to have spoken to Mr Conlan about the selection convention.

Mr Conlan has been in a number of controversies during his first term in office, which have made headlines. He has also clashed with Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister Humphreys.

Irish Independent

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