‘We Have Done It Within Our Own Rules’


Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams, centre, at the Ploughing Championships earlier today

RTE reports:

A Wicklow councillor expelled from Sinn Féin has said the party did not even have the courtesy to tell him about the expulsion.

Councillor Gerry O’Neill said he, along with fellow councillors John Snell and Oliver O’Brien, had previously lost the party whip.

This follows a dispute over the appointment of Councillor Nicola Lawless as Sinn Féin group leader on Wicklow County Council.

Cllr O’Neill said the move was part of a wider bid by the party to control councillors and make them “nodding dogs.”

Sinn Féin expels three members in Wicklow council dispute (RTE)


From the Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Tullamore, Co Offaly…

Harry McGee, in The Irish Times, reports:

…The three have said the party has tried to browbeat them and to impose decisions and officers on them. Mr O’Neill has previously said he would not be a “nodding dog” for any party.

Speaking on the issue of Sinn Féin’s handling of such complaints – and others, some of which involve cases of alleged bullying – Mr Adams said that “if Sinn Féin is to be blamed internally for one thing, it is perhaps we have been too patient in trying to get people to deal with issues in a fraternal way and you get to the point where you realise that that is just not possible.”

“So, with great reluctance, we have expelled these three councillors, we have done it within our own rules, our own regulations and they know well that that was coming to them.”

Sinn Féin expels three Wicklow councillors (The Irish Times)

Pic: Sinn Fein

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40 thoughts on “‘We Have Done It Within Our Own Rules’

          1. Frilly Keane

            well Harry
            Brace yerself bhoy

            selection conventions are underway
            so you’ll see plenty of departures
            allegations of bullying

            and new independents

          2. Rob_G

            I’m wondering why it would be surprising for anyone that a party full of rapist-protecting psychopaths might also be full of bullies.


  1. badatmemes

    I’ve had enough…
    They reappropiated my mantra.
    Next thing you know they’ll be singing ‘My Way’, like what I do.

  2. RuilleBuille

    Political parties loose members or representatives all the time. But it only seems to matter when it is Sinn Fein.

      1. Vote Rep #1

        Could you give us a brief round up of the other parties where they have repeatedly have sitting members leave due to bullying or get disqualified by the party leadership? It is quite common at the moment for SF but you two seem to think its true for all parties so I am curious to see this

  3. Frilly Keane

    It’s Wicklow
    Every Party has a falling out down there

    Lock Outs at selection conventions
    Fistie cuffs on the canvas
    Lads swapping in an’ out’ve t-shurts
    Separate Tally men

    Tis not just GAA refs that cause ructions down there in the Garden County

    A few Shinners down in Cork got effed out too

  4. Friscondo

    Sinn Fein is a Stalinist, completely bogus democrat party. It’s run by the Army Council and it’s elected representatives are their puppets, put in place to have their strings pulled. Parts of the North are run like local fiefdoms. See Sean “Spike” Murray and extended family around the Springfield Rd. it’s all a sham. Not to mention how many of them are compromised by MI5 and could end up at Cabinet, privy to sensitive information, that post Brexit, the Brits would love to get their hands on. These people pose a threat to national security.

    1. Gearóid

      You should pay a visit to the UK’s National Archives at Kew someday. I have come across quite a few reports from the 1970s and 80s of Irish cabinet ministers and senior security force members telling their British counterparts all sorts of sensitive information. To remind you, these were TDs from Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour. And these are the files they deemed mild enough to open after the thirty years.

      But don’t let us stop you making a fool of yourself.

      1. bisted

        …or read Wikileaks and see how Tainiste Gilmore was up at the US Embassy briefing them on cabinet discussions…

      2. Friscondo

        The upper echelons of the IRA, and by definition Sinn Fein were riddled with Brit touts. So don’t let that stop you making a fool of yourself. I’m referring to compromised informants. A party that has had the same leader for 35 years is not a normal Democratic Party.

          1. Rob_G

            (Deceased) Ian Paisley – that’s who you’re choosing for a contemporary and relevant political leader?

          2. BobbyJ

            Friscondo’s statement was “A party that has had the same leader for 35 years is not a normal Democratic Party” and I’ve pointed out that the largest political party in NI had, until relatively recently, a leader that served for 37 years. That’s contemporary and relevant enough for me.

            Maybe it is the political environment and culture that exists in NI that we need to discuss and not just one party that operates within it.

            BTW, John Hume racked up 22 years with the SDLP

          3. Friscondo

            Again Adams has never faced another candidate. I notice there’s no mention of the fact they’re riddled with Brit touts. Proven fact. Donaldson, Scappaticci and the others who managed to escape exposure.

          1. Gearóid

            You know who else opposes the SCC?

            Sorry, let me rephrase for added hysteria. You know who else interferes with the judiciary?

          2. Gearóid

            No. The ICCL, Amnesty Int’l and the UN Commission on Human Rights.

            Refer back to what I posted earlier about people looking like fools when commenting here.

          3. Rob_G

            Given their proven track record in intimidating juries, I don’t know if trial by jury, while desirable in most cases, is a good idea in cases involving the IRA.

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