Monday 16 September 2019

Tóibín claims Sinn Féin official told him to 'F*ck off' out of office 'before something happens'

Peadar Tóibín. Photo: Tom Burke
Peadar Tóibín. Photo: Tom Burke
Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

PEADAR Tóibín has claimed that an official from Sinn Féin told him to “F*ck off” out of an office on the party area at Leinster House “before something happens”.

Mr Tóibín who quit Sinn Féin last November made the claim on a social media post.

He posted a picture of empty boxes that were left in his office.

And he wrote: "This morning without permission these boxes were put in my office."

He alleges that shortly afterwards a Sinn Féin official: "came in shouting "F*ck off out of this floor, F*ck off out of this area & F*ck off out of this office before something happens [sic]".

Mr Tóibín added: "21 years I gave these people."

Sinn Féin released a statement this evening which did not dispute Mr Tóibín’s account.

The statement said: "Peadar Tóibín has not been a member of Sinn Féin since November last year, yet he is still on the Sinn Féin floor in Leinster House.

"A party official today asked him to move off the floor.

"This was a private conversation.

"This issue is not uncommon in other parties when members leave.

"The party has no further comment to make."

Mr Tóibín has founded a new party, Aontú, since he left Sinn Féin.

Mr Tóibín told that he had been trying to move office in recent months but that there hasn't been an alternative location available in Leinster House.

He said he has been in contact with Oireachtas authorities today and expects to have an alternative office in the next 10 days.

Mr Tóibín said his relationship with some people in Sinn Féin have been "souring", especially since he launched Aontú.

He said he's no "shrinking violet" and this is part of a "fractured situation" but that today's alleged incident was "out of order". 

He quit Sinn Féin last November having previously been suspended from party activity for six months after going against the party’s decision to back legislation allowing for abortion.

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