Tuesday 20 August 2019

Sinn Féin councillor resigns from party over claims family subjected to “unfounded and untruthful allegations”

Seamus Morris
Seamus Morris

Niall O'Connor

SINN Féin has lost another councillor to alleged bullying.

Nenagh-based Seamus Morris has formally resigned from the party amid claims that he and his family were subjected to “unfounded and untruthful allegations”.

Mr Morris has been threatening to quit for some time and has strongly criticised the party’s handling of an alleged bullying culture.

His resignation was confirmed today through a statement published in the Tipperary Star.

"These unaddressed allegations have had a desperate impact on my family and myself over the last number of months,” Mr Morris said.

“Due process has not been followed to resolve the situation to a point now, where for the sake of my family and my own health I am leaving the party,” he added.

Mr Morris said he has quit knowing that he has “served Sinn Fein well and leave with my core beliefs of honesty and integrity being fundamental intact.”

He added: “It is with regret that I say that I have no faith in the Sinn Féin process of investigation. Any further participation in this [investigative process]will be through my own legal counsel.”

In a statement, Sinn Féin said Mr Morris’s resignation was not a surprise.

“Contrary to Councillor Morris’s public comments, there was an exhaustive review process put in place at his request,” a spokesman said.

“The party found no evidence of a smear campaign against Councillor Morris.

As part of that process complaints were made against Councillor Morris regarding his behaviour towards fellow party members in the constituency.

The party had been looking into these complaints.  Councillor Morris was due to answer the complaints last week.  He sought an extension of time.  That was granted and he was due to answer the complaints in writing this evening.

It seems he has decided to leave the party rather than answer the complaints made against him.”

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