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Statement from Sinn Féin regarding resignation of Councillor Séamus Morris

9 November, 2017

Councillor Morris’s resignation comes as no surprise to the party at this time.

Contrary to Councillor Morris’s public comments, there was an exhaustive review process put in place at his request.

The party found no evidence of a smear campaign against Councillor Morris.

As part of that process complaints were made against Councillor Morris regarding his behaviour towards fellow party members in the constituency.

The party had been looking into these complaints.  Councillor Morris was due to answer the complaints last week.  He sought an extension of time.  That was granted and he was due to answer the complaints in writing this evening.

It seems he has decided to leave the party rather than answer the complaints made against him.

Regarding reports of a malicious leaflet circulated about Councillor Morris;

We were aware of the leaflet as Cllr Morris gave us a copy of it when he met with our panel.

It is our understanding that Cllr Morris informed the Gardaí about this leaflet and if he has not he should do so.

It would be a matter for the Gardaí to investigate such matters.

Sinn Féin condemns anyone who would produce such vile material against any public representative or member of the public.

Sinn Féin is satisfied that no member of the party was involved in the production or distribution of this leaflet.

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