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Defection of Cllr. Forde to Labour Party an opportunist career move

11 January, 2010

Commenting on the ‘unveiling’ by Eamon Gilmore of Killian Forde as a Labour Party Councillor Mícheál Mac Donncha, Chairperson of Sinn Féin in the Donaghmede Ward, and a member of the party's Ard Chomhairle, said:

“Killian Forde’s resignation from Sinn Féin and defection to the Labour Party with a Sinn Féin seat can now be seen clearly for what it is – an opportunist career move.

“It is now obvious that Killian Forde’s vote for a Labour-sponsored City Council budget that penalises low income households was the second last act in a play that culminated in his move to the Labour Party. Having previously accused Sinn Féin of moving to the centre he is now in a party that he admits is to the right of Sinn Féin and that is preparing for coalition government with Fine Gael.

“Killian Forde has claimed that there is a lack of internal party democracy in Sinn Féin yet he defied party democracy when he refused to abide by a democratic decision of the membership of Dublin Sinn Féin which mandated the party’s City Councillors to vote against the 2010 estimates.

“In the very recent past Killian Forde has been highly critical of the Labour Party, often very personally, and especially during the Lisbon Treaty campaigns. No doubt he will find a home among those whom he himself has accused of opportunism.”

Earlier, Mícheál Mac Donncha had stated:

“Killian Forde was elected last June as a Sinn Féin Councillor, on a Sinn Féin policy platform, with the support of Sinn Féin activists in the local election constituency of Donaghmede. His candidature benefited from the support of the party locally and nationally. He stood before the people as a Sinn Féin candidate and received his mandate on that basis.

“Sinn Féin will continue to stand side by side with low income families in this City who have been hit by draconian budgets imposed by central and local government. Already Sinn Féin in the Donaghmede ward and in the Dublin North East constituency is moving on from this and we held a special meeting on Saturday to plan the way forward, developing the party and continuing to give principled and effective representation to people in this area and across Dublin.” ENDS

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