From top: Donegal County Councillor Sean McEniff; The Donegal Post, November 14, 2016
Fianna Fáil Donegal County Councillor and hotelier Sean McEniff has been in an ‘induced coma‘ for a number of weeks since falling ill in the Canary Islands, according to his family.
On Saturday November 12, Cllr McEniff was flown back to Ireland by Air Ambulance and rushed to a Dublin hospital after spending weeks in intensive care in Grand Canaria.
Cllr McEniff had been scheduled to appear at Ballyshannon as a witness in a case, involving the alleged assault of a female garda officer at Bundoran Town Council offices in 2014.
Cllr. McEniff’s son Conor told Ballyshannon District Court on November 3 that his father might never be able to give evidence owing to his condition. The case was adjourned until December 9.
Earlier this year, Cllr McEniff denied that he was the politician who had intervened in the Mary Boyle investigation.
In Gemma O’Doherty’s documentary Mary Boyle: The Untold Story retired sergeant Martin Collins and former detective inspector Aidan Murray recalled a phone call made by a politician to gardaí, during the investigation into Mary’s 1977 disappearance which led to certain people not being questioned.
After Cllr McEniff’s return to Ireland last week the McEniff family issued a statement:
“We would like to acknowledge the continued messages of good wishes and prayers for Sean’s recovery. The family would also like to thank the medical professionals of Clinica Rocca in San Agustin who did an excellent job of caring for Sean in Gran Canaria.”
In happier news, on November 11, the night before Cllr McEniff’s emergency airlift, his wife Eilis McEniff bravely attended the Bundoran GAA Bord na nOg social night (above).
Previously:Mary Boyle on Broadsheet