A Kilkenny Councillor, John Coonan, a retired psychiatric nurse, took a constituent to Court following a row on a canvass. Martin Ryan was convicted of "threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour" which took place when he was being canvassed by Cllr Coonan.
John Coonan said he was seriously stressed by what happened and that he'd felt threatened and accused of neglect.
In his evidence, Martin Ryan said that he'd told John Coonan he had a few issues he wanted to put to him. He asked him what he was going to do about Mental Health Services, as his brother had died.
"He also admitted that he had used the word"lies"" but they were about FF generally and not the candidate.
(reported in the advertiser.ie)