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Fine Gael TD held over Ballybay pub fracas is released without charge

A TD arrested over an alleged assault after a man was injured by a glass in a pub has been released without charge.

Sean Conlan, Fine Gael representative for Cavan-Monaghan, was questioned over the row in a bar which is owned by his family but leased out.

The TD was detained in Castleblayney Garda Station at 9.30am and released several hours later.

A Garda spokesman said a file on the case is being submitted to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The investigation was launched after a man was assaulted in Conlan's pub in Ballybay, Co Monaghan on August 23.

No arrests were made at the time.

In a brief statement issued by Fine Gael, Mr Conlan claimed he had been assaulted.

"I attended the Garda station in Castleblayney this morning voluntarily to give my statement of complaint to the gardai about the assault which was perpetrated on me in my family pub last Sunday," he said.

"I co-operated fully with the gardai."

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