Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams, centre, at the Ploughing Championships earlier today
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.”
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.”
Pic: Sinn Fein