Saturday 17 March 2018

Councillor quizzed on assault at nightclub

Cllr John O’Donnell in the ‘RTÉ Investigates’ programme
Cllr John O’Donnell in the ‘RTÉ Investigates’ programme

Greg Harkin

A county councillor at the centre of an RTÉ investigation into allegations of political corruption has been arrested by gardaí in connection with an assault.

Cllr John O'Donnell was arrested at his home in Co Donegal on Wednesday. He was taken to Letterkenny Garda Station, where he was questioned about an incident where a man sustained serious injuries at The Grill Nightclub on February 23.

It is understood he strenuously denied that he was involved in any way. The independent councillor was later released with a file being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

A garda spokesman said: "Gardaí can confirm that a male was arrested on the 16th December 2015 in relation to an ongoing investigation into an alleged assault which occurred in Letterkenny earlier this year."

Irish Independent

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