Donegal Senator recieves eight stitches after incident in taxi on way home from disco

A Donegal Senator received eight stitches to a head wound after an incident involving two other men as he made his way home from a disco.

Fianna Fail Senator Brian O Domhnaill was travelling in a taxi minibus to his Gortahork home just before 3am on Sunday after attending the Seaview Hotel in Gweedore with friends when the incident occurred.

Mr O Domhnaill was initially treated at NowDoc before being taken to Letterkenny General Hospital, where he received eight stitches to a head wound.

The Senator confirmed that he had made a complaint to the gardai, adding that the matter was now in the hands of the relevant authorities.

Yesterday, 42-year-old Jim Sharkey of Bayside, New York, appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with assault causing harm to Mr O Domhnaill and criminal damage to a Ford Transit bus belonging to Neil Gallagher on Sunday at Meenacuing.

He was also charged with causing a breach of the peace.

His solicitor, Jacqui Sharkey said the charges would be heavily contested and Mr Sharkey may be "making a counter claim".

"There were several people involved and there will be a serious conflict of evidence," she said.

Bail was set at €2,000, with two independent sureties of €3,000 from the accused's father and father-in-law. The case was adjourned to October.