Saturday 19 August 2017

'Smear campaign' dossier sent to SF bosses probing bullying claims

Sinn Féin’s general election candidate Seamus Morris
Sinn Féin’s general election candidate Seamus Morris
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

Sinn Féin bosses investigating a bullying row have been sent a dossier detailing the internet addresses of those computers allegedly used in a smear campaign against a number of councillors.

The Tipperary branch of Sinn Féin is the latest to be dogged by infighting and claims of bullying.

The row centres on complaints of intimidation and other allegations made by three Tipperary councillors, including former general election candidate Seamus Morris.

Mr Morris secured more than 5,700 first preference votes in the last general election in a constituency where Sinn Féin has struggled in the past.

The Irish Independent has learned that a detailed dossier has been sent to Sinn Féin bosses by Mr Morris and his colleagues as part of a review into the case.

And it's understood the dossier details how an internet (IP) address points to party members in the constituency who are allegedly behind a smear campaign against Mr Morris. The councillor did not wish to comment when contacted by the Irish Independent.

However, it is understood Mr Morris is prepared to quit the party unless those behind the smear campaign are reprimanded.

Sinn Féin has confirmed that its 26-county director Ken O'Connell and Kerry TD Martin Ferris are involved in the review. The latest row is one of several to have been sent for investigation by party bosses.

The Irish Independent has detailed how a row in Wicklow has led to three councillors being stripped of the party whip.

There are a number of other constituencies dealing with other disputes, according to well-placed party sources.

Irish Independent

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