28 January 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

A local TD appeared in court yesterday (Wednesday) on remand on bail on charges relating to an alleged assault at his family-owned pub last year.

Former Cavan/Monaghan Fine Gael deputy, Sean Conlan, who recently resigned from the party -because of what he termed as his dissatisfaction over the response to issues he raised in the constituency – had been remanded from a previous sitting of Carrickmacross District Court on his own bail of €100.

The deputy appeared briefly in court again on two charges relating to the incident at the licensed premises in Ballybay on August 23 last.

Conlan, who is now an Independent TD, with an address at Main Street, Ballybay, was charged under Section 11 of the Firearms Act for the alleged use of a broken pint glass during the pub incident and also with assaulting Enda Duffy of Annahia, Ballybay, Co Monaghan, under Section 3 of the Non Fatal Offences Against the Persons Act.

Garda Inspector Kevin Gavigan, who was prosecuting, told Judge Denis McLoughlin at a previous hearing that photographs were available in relation to the injury sustained by Mr Duffy who suffered a severe cut to his arm from a glass and required a number of stitches, following the incident.

When the case was called yesterday Judge McLoughlin said he proposed to adjourn the matter further for an opportunity to determine the court’s jurisdiction in dealing with the charges.

The TD sat in the body of the court during the hearing and did not speak. He was represented by a Dundalk solicitor, Mr James McGuill.

Judge McLoughlin further remanded Mr Conlan, on continuing bail, to a …

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