SF candidate challenges party over suspension
A SINN Fein candidate in this year's local elections has launched a legal challenge to the party's decision to suspend him for allegedly making threats to another person.
The High Court case has been brought by Edward McCarrick (33), who was selected at a convention last October to run for SF in the Ballymote (South Sligo) local electoral area.
In early November, he was suspended from the party and prohibited from presenting himself as being a SF member or candidate for allegedly breaching the party's code of conduct.
He claims the suspension amounts to a breach of fair procedures, and he is seeking a court order lifting the sanctions against him.
He says the allegations against him are a "bid to derail my local election campaign" because certain people in SF were unhappy that he had been selected at convention.
Mr McCarrick, from Rathscanlon, Tubbercurry, Co Sligo, says the party has refused to provide him with details about the complaints against him or with the identity of his accusers.
Due to the absence of these details, he says he has been unable to rebut the allegations against him.
The case comes back before the court later this month.