The Director of Public Prosecutions decided that while there was a legal basis to bring charges over an accusation of assault against former Fine Gael TD, John V Farrelly, it was not in the public interest to do so.

The Phoenix magazine reported today that tensions arose between Farrelly and colleague George O’Connor, who had worked on current Justice minister Helen McEntee’s Meath  East campaign, arrived at the 2016 general election count in Ashbourne to conduct tallying of votes, and met with supporters of former TD Regina Doherty,

Farrelly and O’Connor were denied entry to the FG tally room by members of Doherty’s team led by then constituency chairman Alan Boyce.

In the events that followed Boyce alleged Farrelly had assaulted him and Gardai were called.

A file was prepared for the DPP and he ruled as above.

By way of explanation, the DPP advised those involved that while there may be sufficient evidence to commence proceedings that it may not be in the public interest to do so.

The office outlined that public interest can relate to the suspect, the victim, and the wider community.