15 December 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

A former Cavan/Monaghan Fine Gael TD was convicted at a special sitting of the District Court in Monaghan on Tuesday last on charges relating to an alleged assault at his family-owned pub last year.

Seán Conlan (42) resigned from Fine Gael prior to the general election after expressing public criticism of the party leader, An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, and other senior party figures, over their failure to engage with local landowners in a campaign to prevent pylons and overhead cables on their farms in the cross-border interconnector electricity link-up, spearheaded by EirGrid.

Mr Conlan, a popular local elected representative, stood as an Independent in the February General Election, but he failed to retain his seat.
He was remanded on continuing bail from an earlier District Court sitting to last Tuesday’s hearing at Monaghan Courthouse, where Judge Conal Gibbons presided, after Judge Denis McLoughlin – who normally sits on the Bench in the area – excused himself from the case.

The charges related to a pub incident in Ballybay on August 23 last year and Mr Conlan, of Main Street, Ballybay, who was then a sitting TD, was charged under Section 11 of the Firearms Act for the alleged use of a broken pint glass during the affray, and also with unlawfully assaulting and causing harm to Enda Duffy of Annahia, Ballybay.

Mr Conlan denied the allegations and …

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