Tuesday 16 January 2018

SF denies bullying is an issue in the party

SF TD Pearse Doherty Photo: Tom Burke
SF TD Pearse Doherty Photo: Tom Burke
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Sinn Féin's Pearse Doherty has insisted the party does not have a problem with bullying despite claims of internal disputes in at least five counties.

The party has been hit by a series of allegations in recent years, most recently in Co Westmeath where Councillor Paul Hogan has claimed he was the victim of a whispering campaign.

However, Mr Doherty said the party had "internal procedures" to deal with such incidents.

"Individuals in the past have made allegations of bullying, I don't believe they have been proven to be founded," he said.

Tipperary councillor Seamus Morris last month alleged "rogue" party members had created a "hostile and toxic environment" to force him out. The party's Wicklow councillors have clashed publicly over who should be the local group leader, while in April a number of Co Kildare members quit the party amid reports of "bullying, hostility and aggression".

It was also alleged that ex-Cork East TD Sandra McLellan was bullied out of her position.

Irish Independent

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