Monday 12 November 2018

Former SF member slams McElduff post

West Tyrone MP Barry McElduff leaving Sinn Féin's headquarters on the Falls Road in Belfast following his suspension. Photo: PA
West Tyrone MP Barry McElduff leaving Sinn Féin's headquarters on the Falls Road in Belfast following his suspension. Photo: PA
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A former Sinn Féin councillor has criticised Barry McElduff's Kingsmill tweet, saying the MP should stop "acting the comedian" and concentrate on his work.

Sorcha McAnespy, who quit the party in 2016 amid accusations of misogyny and nepotism, said Mr McElduff's behaviour "wasn't befitting" of someone in his position.

"What he did was offensive and hurtful," said Cllr McAnespy, who now sits as an Independent. "He claims it was accidental, but whatever the truth of it, that sort of thing is not befitting of an elected representative."

Meanwhile, Mr Elduff's daughter has spoken out to defend her father. Niamh McElduff, who was the Tyrone Rose for last year's Rose of Tralee, took to social media to state: "It makes no logical political or personal sense why he would intentionally cause hurt; he didn't. My dad is a good person.

"My wholehearted sympathy is with the families involved. Let's move forward together."

Irish Independent

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