SF mayor hits out at former members
A senior Sinn Féin politician has lashed out at former members who he accused of intentionally trying to portray the party as being "autocratic".
In a bizarre online rant, Dublin's Lord Mayor Micheál Mac Donncha accused members involved in recent disputes of trying to establish a "conspiratorial pattern" that has been seized upon by the party's "sworn enemies".
The Donaghmede councillor said Sinn Féin members are "overwhelmingly sound people" and that the party, "for all our faults", is on the "right road".
While admitting the party needs to improve its structures of dealing with disputes, the Lord Mayor rounded on some of those who have gone public with their claims of a bullying culture.
"Much needs to be done to improve dispute investigation and resolution, and to improve the overall structure and management of the party.
"Having said that, justified and robust criticism is very different to some of what has been going on recently," Mr Mac Donncha wrote on his Facebook page.
"Some people in disputes have gone public and others, estranged from the party for various reasons, or simply hostile, have taken these up, regardless of the facts of what are diverse issues and cases, and tried to establish a conspiratorial pattern, using this to characterise Sinn Féin as autocratic and bullying."
In his post, Mr Mac Donncha also attacked the media coverage of the recent bullying rows.
He also said that the party is driven by its members, not its "managers and administrators".
"It can be hugely frustrating at times, but I have tried to keep in view the bigger picture that our cause is just, our members are overwhelmingly sound people and, for all our faults, we are on the right road," he said.