Saturday 20 January 2018

Taoiseach still has confidence in Fine Gael TD after alleged bar room brawl

Seán Conlan at the Fine Gael convention in the Kilmore Hotel in Cavan last night. Photo: Arthur Carron
Seán Conlan at the Fine Gael convention in the Kilmore Hotel in Cavan last night. Photo: Arthur Carron
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he still has confidence in Fine Gael TD Sean Conlan despite his arrest for questioning in relation to an alleged bar room brawl which resulted in a man receiving medical attention.

Speaking at Fine Gael’s ‘think in’ at the Dunraven Arms Hotel in Limerick, Mr Kenny said he could not comment on the alleged glassing incident with which Mr. Conlan had been linked but insisted 'the law will take its course'.

The Taoiseach said 'of course' he has confidence in the Cavan/Monaghan TD who has said he was attacked during the incident in his family bar in Ballybay because he was a member of Government.

Mr Conlan is so far the only person who has been arrested in relation to the incident in which gardai have said a man in his 20s required medical attention.

“Sean Conlan is an elected member of the Fine Gael party and a Dáil deputy. He has been selected by his constituency convention to contest the next election, of course I have (confidence in him),” Mr Kenny said.

Earlier this week, Mr Conlan refused to directly express confidence in Mr Kenny when asked several times by local radio station Northern Sound.

“The question is not relevant because Enda Kenny will be leader of the party,” Mr Conlan said.

He added: “He is the leader of our party and I support our leader and until they change our leadership I will be supporting the leader.”

He also suggested he has been the subject of media attention because he publicly criticised the Taoiseach over the John McNulty Seanad election fiasco.

Speaking today Mr Kenny said the Fine Gael members in Cavan/Monaghan selected Mr Conlan, along with Arts Minister Heather Humphreys and TD Joe O’Reilly in a 'very democratic process'.

“I can’t speculate on allegations that circulate in the media. Obviously the convention was convened to make a decision and it made its decision very clearly in accordance with democratic rules of Fine Gael,” he added.

Pressed on whether Mr Conlan will be de-selected by the party should he face charges over the incident, the Taoiseach said: “It is not for me to comment on allegations that were made obviously the law will take its course, if it has to take its course if it has to take its course in any situation.”

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