Former Fine Gael TD loses appeal against assault conviction

Sean Conlan found guilty of assaulting man at his family’s pub in Ballybay, Co Monaghan

Former Fine Gael TD Sean Conlan. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Former Fine Gael TD Sean Conlan. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh


A former Fine Gael TD has had an assault conviction against him upheld, following a two-day appeal at a special sitting of Monaghan Circuit Court.

Judge Petria McDonnell ruled against an appeal by Sean Conlan, Main Street, Ballybay, Co Monaghan, after hearing conflicting accounts in relation to an incident at his family pub in the town on the night of August 23rd, 2015.

The former Cavan Monaghan TD was found guilty at Monaghan District Court in February 2017 of assaulting Enda Duffy of Annahia, Ballybay.

He was fined €750 by Judge Conal Gibbons,who said a custodial or suspended sentence was not merited as the incident was at the “lower end” of the scale.

Following a full-day hearing Judge Gibbons said it was clear that Conlan had consumed a considerable amount of alcohol and head-butted Mr Duff and “used a glass to assault him thereafter”.

In her ruling, Judge McDonnell indicated that she was affirming the District Court ruling in all its aspects, and thereby leaving the €750 fine in place for the assault and taking the production of an article count into consideration.

Conlan resigned from Fine Gael while still a TD, but lost his Cavan-Monaghan seat while standing as an Independent candidate in the 2016 general election.