Commenting today on the issue of a breach of the Sinn Féin whip by one of the party's TDs, Peadar Toibín, the party whip Aengus Ò Snodaigh TD said:
"On Tuesday 20th November Sinn Féin brought forward a Dáil motion calling on the government to legislate for the X case and the following week we voted in favour of allowing legislation on the X Case to go forward to committee for debate.
"Both of these positions were in line with party policy and were the agreed positions of the Sinn Féin group in Leinster House.
"The party whip applied and all Sinn Féin TDs were expected to be present and vote in accordance with the party position.
"One of the party’s TDs Peadar Tóibín did not sign the Sinn Féin motion and was absent for the vote the following week.
"Peadar stated that he did not wish to vote against his own party and so, took the decision to absent himself from the vote and has stated publicly that he understood that this was in breach of the party whip.
"As a result of this serious breach of party rules Peadar Tóibín has been removed as Cathaoirleach of the Committee on Investigations, Oversight & Petitions. He will continue to act as the party spokesperson on Enterprise."
Meanwhile Peadar Toibín TD said:
"While I have strong personal opinions on the issue of legislation in relation to the x case, I am on record as accepting that my recent actions were in breach of the Sinn Féin whip and that I anticipated disciplinary action.
"I am obviously disappointed.
"I remain a Sinn Féin TD and am fully committed to the party.
"I believe strongly that Sinn Féin is the only party which has a real commitment to the achievement of Irish unity and the building of a new Republic based on equality and social justice.
"I look forward to working with my Sinn Féin colleagues towards these ends in the time ahead."