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Republican Pearse McAuley in court accused of wife attack

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Pearse McAuley and his new wife Pauline on their wedding day in Kilnaleck, Co Cavan, in 2003

Pearse McAuley and his new wife Pauline on their wedding day in Kilnaleck, Co Cavan, in 2003

Pearse McAuley and his new wife Pauline on their wedding day in Kilnaleck, Co Cavan, in 2003

Prominent republican Pearse McAuley has appeared in court charged with assaulting his wife and threatening to kill her.

Strabane-born McAuley, sporting two black eyes, sat silently during the brief hearing before Judge Cormac Dunne on Saturday evening in Cavan District Court.

His estranged wife, former Sinn Fein councillor Pauline Tully McAuley, was reportedly stabbed at her home in Kilnaleck, Co Cavan, on Christmas Eve and had emergency surgery.

McAuley was also charged with making threats to kill or commit serious harm to Seamus Leddy - understood to be a neighbour of his wife - on Christmas Eve, and Thomas Tully, his brother-in-law.

McAuley was remanded in custody to appear before Harristown District Court on January 2.

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