Thursday 22 March 2018

More shadowy secrecy from Sinn Fein only reinforces its 'cult politics' tag

One councillor has been expelled in east Cork and another suspended, but Sinn Fein gives no explanation

Mairia Cahill
Mairia Cahill

Mairia Cahill

There's something rotten in the state of Denmark. Or, in east Cork, certainly, anyway. It hasn't been an easy week for Sinn Fein, as the saga surrounding previously relatively unknown names of Councillors Melissa Mullane and Kieran Mc Carthy exposes yet again the secrecy in which Sinn Fein is still shrouded.

Amid a swirl of allegations and counter allegations, the real story is unclear. And that's the point - we don't know the extent of the findings of an investigation which for Sinn Fein at least, warranted the expulsion of one elected member, the suspension of another, and the standing down of their entire structure in east Cork.

The investigating officer knows. The ard chomhairle knows. The person at the centre of the expulsion claims he doesn't know. Sinn Fein claims he does. Confused? You will be. If party members do know, their lips are very tightly sealed indeed. It's a case of "whatever you say, say nothing".

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