A well-known Republican is due in court today on a charge of assaulting his wife in a house in Cavan on Christmas Eve.
Pearse McAuley of Canal Bank Walk, Castleforde, Ballyconnell, Co Cavan was accused of assault causing harm to Pauline Tully McAuley after she was found with serious stab wounds to the upper body last week.
Mr McAuley was also charged with threatening to kill three people on the same date - one of them his wife, who is a former Sinn Féin Councillor.
Pearse McAuley has been granted free legal aid. He is due to come before a judge at Harristown District Court later.