Monday 18 December 2017

FG's Conlan stays silent over alleged glassing in pub row

Fine Gael TD Sean Conlan was in the pub when the fracas happened on Sunday evening
Fine Gael TD Sean Conlan was in the pub when the fracas happened on Sunday evening
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

A Fine Gael TD who was in his pub when a man was stabbed with a glass on Sunday night has declined to comment on the matter.

Monaghan deputy Sean Conlan was in the pub, Conlan's in Ballybay, when the row broke out between two men.

No arrests have been made but gardaí have confirmed that a number of witnesses have been interviewed.

Mr Conlon's staff at his offices were approached by the Irish Independent for comment but they said he did not wish to make any statement on the incident.

He is due to give a statement to gardaí about the fracas which is being investigated by officers based in Castleblayney.

Gardaí said they were called to the pub to deal with a "minor stabbing incident" shortly after 8pm on Sunday.

In a statement, a Garda spokesman confirmed a man in his 20s was allegedly assaulted by a man in his 40s. He did not require hospital treatment.

An eyewitness told the Irish Independent that a man in his 20s was "head-butted" during the incident and was later stabbed in the arm with a glass by another individual.

The pub is currently leased to a third party and the establishment is well-run and respected.

It is believed one of the men involved in the row has made a statement to gardaí.

Mr Conlan hit the headlines last year when a British antique dealer wrote to the Taoiseach when she could not contact him about a €10,000 ring she believed he intended to buy for his fiancée and parliamentary assistant Sarah Comiskey, but decided not to purchase after he had it appraised by a Dublin antiques dealer.

At the time he said there had been a "breakdown in communications" with antique dealer Freya Hart and later stressed that the matter had been resolved and the ring returned.

In February, an employment court ordered him to pay his former secretary €25,000 after they found she had been unfairly dismissed.

During a three-day hearing at the Employment Appeals Tribunal, Cathy Shevlin claimed she was "bullied and harassed" by Mr Conlan and forced to take stress-related sick leave.

He denied the allegations and has appealed the decision.

Irish Independent

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