Friday 20 October 2017

Sinn Féin councillor 'considered ending it all' after he was expelled from local branch

Seamus Morris
Seamus Morris
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

A Sinn Fein councillor has revealed he considered taking his own life after he was expelled from his local party branch in Tipperary.

In a statement to the Tipperary Star, councillor Seamus 'Seamie' Morris said he was a “victim of an intense nine-month hate campaign of harassment and slander”.

He said the ordeal took him to a “very dark place” where he “considered ending it all”

“It can be a very lonely place indeed,” he added.

Mr Morris confirmed details of the statement to Independent.ie and said he “endured nine months of hell” after Sinn Fein sought to remove him from his position in the party.

Mr Morris claimed he had been subjected to a “whispering campaign” after he clashed with Sinn Fein officials over a local dispute.

He said Sinn Fein only wants “party disciples” in the organisation and do not appreciating “free speaking” members.

Mr Morris said he was speaking out in support of Limerick Sinn Fein councillor Lisa Marie Sheehy, who quit the party amidst bullying claims earlier this week. 

“The loss of Cllr Lisa Marie Sheehy is, in my opinion, unforgivable and makes me wonder has the party the skills to conduct these reviews / investigations, particularly ones that have claims of bullying ,” he said.

Queries about Mr Morris’s complaint have been sent to the Sinn Fein press office.

A Sinn Fein spokesperson said: "We are not aware of any whispering campaign against Seamie. We are currently dealing with the issues that he has raised with us and Seamie has participated in that process."

"Seamie remains a Sinn Féin member and councillor," the spokesperson added.

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