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Sinn Féin response to Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh resignation.

30 November, 2017


Responding to Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh’s resignation from Sinn Féin this afternoon a Sinn Féin spokesperson said;

“The Sinn Féin selection convention in Galway West/South Mayo is due to be held this weekend.

“Trevor Ó Clochartaigh had been making the case for a two candidate strategy up until yesterday.

“Given the party didn’t make the quota or elect a TD in the last election we were going with a one candidate strategy on this occasion.

“It is clear that Trevor was worried that a democratic vote of party members in the constituency would not select him to contest the election.

“It is clear that Trevor was looking for a clear run at convention and the party wasn’t prepared to bypass our democratic structures to allow for that.

“Given he was arguing just yesterday for a two candidate strategy which he would have been happy to be part of, we are extremely surprised at his decision to leave the party today.”

Aisfheagairt Shinn Féin do Sheanadóir Trevor Ó Clochartaigh atá ag éirí as.

Ag aisfhreagair do Sheanadóir Trevor Ó Clochatraigh atá ag imeacht ón bpáirtí, dúirt úrlabhraí le Sinn Féin:

"Bhí coinbhinsiún roghnúcháin Shinn Féin Gaillimh Thiar – Maigh Eo theas le bheith ar súil ag deireadh na seachtaine seo.

"Bhí an Seanadóir Ó Clochartaigh I bhfábhar stratéis dhá-iarrthóra go dtí inné.

"De bharr nár shrioc an pháirtí an cion, nó nár éirigh leo teachta dála a thogaigh sa toghchán deireadh, beimid ag cloí anois le straitéis aon iarrthóir amháin.

"Is léir go raibh Trevor imníodh nach toghadh baill an pháirtí sa dáil cheantair é agus iad ag caitheamh a vóta daonlathach. 

"Is léir go raibh Trevor ag iarradh nach mbeadh aon constaic ós a chomhair ag an coinbhinsiúin agus ní raibh an páirtí sásta fáil réidh lenár struchtúir daonlathacha chun é sin a cheadú.

"Tá ionadh ollmhór orainn gur fhógair sé inniú go raibh sé chun an páirtí a fhágáil de bharr go raibh sé ag cur argóintí i dtaobh stratéis dhá-iarrthóra díreach inné."

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