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Resignation of Gerry McHugh

3 December, 2007

Sinn Féin Assembly Group Leader John O'Dowd commenting on the resignation from the party of Fermanagh South Tyrone MLA Gerry McHugh has said that he is disappointed and questioned why Mr McHugh failed to raise issues of concern within the party.

Mr O'Dowd said:

"Obviously it disappointing that Gerry did not raise any of the issues he is claiming led to his resignation within the Assembly team prior to going public with his decision.

"Gerry has been a member of the party for a number of years and is well aware of our policies in relation to issues such as policing. Our Special Ard Fheis was held months before he allowed his name to go forward as a Sinn Féin candidate in the Assembly elections. It was on this basis that Gerry McHugh was elected.

"It is believed that many of the real reasons behind this decision relate to personal issues." ENDS

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