Saturday 19 August 2017

Sinn Féin hits back at former member in Cahill row

Máiría Cahill
Máiría Cahill
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

Sinn Féin has hit out at one of its former staff members who alleges he quit the party after vile comments were made about Mairia Cahill during an internal meeting in Leinster House.

Matt Treacy, who previously worked as a parliamentary assistant for Kerry TD Martin Ferris, claims a number of former colleagues made derogatory comments about Ms Cahill after she spoke out publicly about her treatment by Sinn Féin.

Mr Treacy said the meeting took place on a Monday in Leinster House - just days after Ms Cahill appeared on RTÉ television to discuss her rape ordeal at the hands of the IRA and her subsequent appearance before a so-called 'Kangaroo Court'.

Mr Treacy, a one-time IRA fugitive who spent four years in prison, has since quit the party and publicly claimed the treatment of Ms Cahill during the alleged meeting in Leinster House was the "final straw".

Ms Cahill sent a series of queries to Sinn Féin in recent days after Mr Treacy's claims were published in the 'Sunday Independent'.

After the Irish Independent contacted the Sinn Féin press office, the party released a statement distancing itself from the allegations.

"These allegations are completely unfounded," the press office said.

"Sinn Féin does not condone the use of derogatory or misogynistic language against any person under any circumstances.

"Mr Treacy never raised this issue while he was a Sinn Féin member or while he was a staff member."

Mr Treacy is one of a number of former and current party figures who have spoken out about the inside workings of Sinn Féin in recent weeks.

The party is split down the middle in Wicklow amid an ongoing row involving TD John Brady. In Tipperary, there is an ongoing investigation into allegations made by party members against some colleagues.

Irish Independent

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