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Saturday 10 December 2016

Fine Gael TD Conlan won't comment about stabbing in his pub

Monaghan TD Sean Conlan
Monaghan TD Sean Conlan

A Fine Gael TD who was in his pub when a man was stabbed with a glass has declined to comment on the matter.

Monaghan deputy Sean Conlan was in his pub, Conlan's in Ballybay, when the row broke out between two men.

No arrests have been made, but gardai confirmed that a number of witnesses have been interviewed about the incident on Sunday night.

Staff at Mr Conlan's offices were approached by the Herald for comment, but they said he did not wish to make any statement on the incident.

Gardai are investigating and Mr Conlan is due to give a statement to them about the fracas. Gardai said they were called to the pub to deal with a "minor stabbing incident" shortly after 8pm. An eyewitness told the Herald that a man in his 20s was "head-butted" during the incident and was later stabbed in the arm with a glass by another individual.

The pub, which is leased to a third party, is well-run and respected.

Row

It is believed one of the men involved in the row has made a statement to gardai.

Mr Conlan hit the headlines last year when a British antiques dealer wrote to the Taoiseach when she could not contact the TD about a €10,000 ring. She believed Mr Conlan intended to buy it for his fiancee and parliamentary assistant Sarah Comiskey, but he decided not to purchase after he had it appraised.

At the time he said there had been a "breakdown in communications" with antiques dealer Freya Hart.

He later said the matter had been resolved and that the ring had been returned.

Conlan was also in the news again in February, when an employment court ordered him to pay his former secretary €25,000 after they found she had been unfairly dismissed.

During a three-day hearing in front of the Employment Appeals Tribunal, Cathy Shevlin claimed she was "bullied and harassed" by Mr Conlan and forced to take stress-related sick leave.

He denies the allegations and has appealed the decision.

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