Friday 21 October 2016

Fine Gael TD in pub as man sustains stab wounds during fight

Sean Conlan is a Fine Gael TD for Monaghan
Sean Conlan is a Fine Gael TD for Monaghan

A Fine Gael TD was present during a fracas in his family pub on Sunday night that resulted in a man needing medical attention for minor stab wounds.

Sean Conlan was in Conlan's in Ballybay, Co Monaghan when a fight broke out between two men.

Gardai last night said they were called to the pub - which is beside the TD's constituency office - 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.

Gardai were last night taking statements from people who were in the bar at the time.

"All aspects of this incident" are being investigated a senior source said.

"As in lots of these cases, there is two sides to the story," the source added.

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

The pub - which has been in Mr Conlan's family for a number of years - is currently leased out to a third party.

The Monaghan TD was last night unavailable for comment.

Mr Conlan hit the headlines last year when a British antique dealer wrote to the Taoiseach when she could not contact Mr Conlan about a €10,000 ring she believed he intended to buy for his fiancee.

He had intended to buy the ring for his girlfriend and parliamentary assistant Sarah Comiskey after spotting it at an antiques fair in the UK, but decided not to after he had it appraised by an antiques dealer in Dublin.

At the time he said there had been a "breakdown in communications for a number of hours" with antique dealer Freya Hart.

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


He hit the headlines 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.

Mr Conlan denies the allegations and has appealed the decision.

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