TD Sean Conlan told he would not be on FG ticket if charged over alleged bar assault
Former Fine Gael TD Sean Conlan was told by his party that his general election candidacy would not be ratified if he was charged over an alleged assault in his family’s bar.
Independent.ie understands Fine Gael secretary general Tom Curran told Mr Conlan he would not be on the party ticket if he was charged in relation to the fracas that took place in the bar in Castleblayney, Co Monaghan.
It is understood the party’s decision on his ratification was relayed to Mr Conlan last night.
“It has always been the party’s decision that if he was charged that he would not be on the ticket, this was said to him a while back,” a source said.
Mr Conlan was arrested over the alleged assault which resulted in a man in his 20s needing medical treatment in September.
He claimed he was assaulted during the incident because he was a Government TD.
Today, Mr Conlan made the shock decision to quit his party citing a lack of support over his opposition to the construction of pylons in his constituency.
On his Facebook page, Mr Conlan said he felt “limited” about what he could say about the pylon issue because he was a member of Fine Gael.
“I have felt limited in what I wanted to say in relation to how the people of Monaghan, Cavan and Meath have been treated in relation to this issue and other issues,” he said.
“I now believe I will be unhindered and better able to represent and express the views of the people in an open and fearless manner going forward and will continue to work hard to ensure their best interests are served,” he added.
Mr Conlan has not responded to requests for comment