13 March 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

A former Cavan/Monaghan Dail deputy who resigned from Fine Gael and lost his seat in the recent General Election, when he stood as an Independent, appeared in court yesterday (Wed) having been remanded on bail on charges relating to an alleged assault at his family-owned pub last year.

Sean Conlan, who   resigned from Fine Gael—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 January 27th last on his own bail of €100.

He appeared   briefly in court again yesterday (Wed) facing two charges relating to the incident at the licensed premises in   Ballybay on 23rd August last.

Conlan, 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, Carrickmacross, who was prosecuting, told Judge Denis McLoughlin at a previous hearing that photographs were available in relation to the injury sustained by Duffy whom, he said, 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 Mr. James McGuill, a solicitor representing Mr. Conlon, said they were endeavouring to obtain some CCTV footage which they believed would have an impact on the case.

In the circumstances, he said, he was seeking a further adjournment.

Judge McLoughlin adjourned the case to a further sitting at Carrickmacross on April 13th, remanding Mr. Conlan on continued bail.


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