Saturday 25 February 2017

Sinn Fein TD at centre of party bullying row has 'no intention' of running as independent candidate

Niall O'Connor Political Correspondent

Sandra McLellan
Sandra McLellan

A SINN Féin TD who has been at the centre of an internal party bullying row has said she has “no intention” of running in the General Election as an independent candidate.

Cork East deputy Sandra McLellan held informal talks with a member of the newly Independent Alliance about the prospect of an election run.

However, she confirmed today that she does not intend to defend her seat, either as a Sinn Fein candidate or otherwise.

“As you know, I’m not running. But I can’t be responsible for what others tell the media. I’m here. I’m a Sinn Fein TD and I just want to get on with my job. I have no intention of running as an independent,” Ms McLellan said.

But when pressed over the issue today, Ms McLellan was extremely coy on her reasons for not running in  the election.

“It’s a decision I took and I’m happy with,” she said adding:” It’s just a decision I decided to take.”

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