Wednesday 28 September 2016

Outgoing Sinn Féin TD breaks silence on 'vicious' campaign that forced her to quit politics

'When it affects the people you love... it's time to say enough is enough'

Published 18/02/2016 | 18:56

Sandra McLellan
Sandra McLellan

An outgoing Sinn Fein TD has broken her silence over her decision to quit politics, claiming that she was subjected to “vicious” attempts aimed at undermining her position.

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Cork East deputy Sandra McLellan said that she wanted to contest the General Election but that an orchestrated campaign against her was causing upset for her family.

“I wanted to run again but felt I could not put my family through any more,” Ms McLellan told the Cork Evening Echo.

”I love politics and I love my job. I wanted to go for another five years because I felt I had much more to give and polling suggested I had a very good chance of being re-elected.

"I am now unemployed. So why would anyone who loves their job so much give it up voluntarily? Efforts to defame and undermine me were particularly vicious and I had a decision to make regarding my family.

“When it affects the people you love and your close supporters so much, it’s time to say enough is enough.”

Ms McLellan announced last year that she was stepping down after being at the centre of a bullying row that rocked the party.

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