Tuesday 21 November 2017

SF 'hopes' party has no more criminal members like Dowdall

Confident: Sinn Féin Dublin West TD Eoin Ó Broin. Photo: Tom Burke
Confident: Sinn Féin Dublin West TD Eoin Ó Broin. Photo: Tom Burke
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Sinn Féin hopes "nobody else" in the party is involved in any criminal activity following the conviction of ex-councillor Jonathan Dowdall for threatening to kill a man.

The party has sought to distance itself from the former Dublin city councillor who described himself as a friend of Gerry Adams and Mary Lou McDonald.

The Special Criminal Court, which Sinn Féin wants to abolish, was told last week that he "waterboarded" and "tortured" Alexander Hurley. He also threatened to feed Mr Hurley to dogs and burn his head at the stake.

Shortly after the hearing, Ms McDonald issued a statement saying she was "deeply shocked" at the nature of the attack.

Ms McDonald's colleague Eoin Ó Broin has now said he hopes the sentence is "commensurate with the seriousness of the crime that he has been convicted of".

Asked whether he was confident nobody else in Sinn Féin could be engaged in criminal activities, Mr Ó Broin replied: "I would hope there is nobody else in the party involved in any type of criminal activity in that way.

"If I thought I knew of anybody else involved I'd report it first to the guards and then to the party structures. So no, I don't believe that's the case. "

Mr Ó Broin acknowledged his party was welcoming a conviction in a court it wants abolished. "My understanding is that he was convicted through a confession so it makes no difference what court he was convicted in," the Dublin West TD told the Irish Independent.

He was speaking at the launch of a Sinn Féin policy document on domestic violence accommodation.

Ms McDonald was scheduled to attend the event but was replaced by TD Louise O'Reilly.

Irish Independent

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