4 September 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Fine Gael TD for Cavan/Monaghan Sean Conlan has denied allegations of assault arising from an incident in his family public house in Ballybay on Sunday week last.

Deputy Conlan was arrested by Gardaí and interviewed in relation to the incident when he voluntarily presented himself at Castleblayney Garda Station on Tuesday morning.

The TD was later released without charge. Gardaí say that a file on the matter is to be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

In a statement released by the Fine Gael Press Office and circulated to media outlets on Tuesday afternoon, Deputy Conlan stated: “I attended at Castleblayney Garda Station 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.

“I co-operated fully with the Gardaí.”

Deputy Conlan added: “I fully refute any allegations that I assaulted anyone.”

He also stated that, as the matter was now the subject of a Garda investigation, he would be making no further public statements in relation to it.

Deputy Conlan was detained at Castleblayney Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act and interviewed after caution.

The incident is alleged to have occurred in the Conlan family pub, which is now leased to a third party, around 8 pm on Sunday, August 23.

Gardaí later said that a man in his 20s was allegedly assaulted and received minor injuries which did not require hospital treatment.


Deputy Conlan will be one of the names to the fore when Fine Gael hold a convention next week to select candidates to contest the Cavan/Monaghan constituency in the next General Election, due to be called within the next eight months.

Along with Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys TD and Cavan-based Deputy Joe O’Reilly, Deputy Conlan is one of three sitting FG TDs in a constituency that will be reduced from five seats to four when the next Dáil is elected.

The convention takes place in Cavan’s Hotel Kilmore next Tuesday evening, September 8, at 8 pm.


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