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Sinn Féin comment on Noeleen Reilly resignation

5 February, 2018


On Saturday, 3rd February, the Sinn Féin Ard Comhairle took the decision to suspend Councillor Noeleen Reilly for a period of six months for orchestrating a vicious bullying campaign against a fellow female party councillor on social media.

The councillor in question, Councillor Cathleen Carney Boud, has been deeply distressed by her experiences at the hands of Councillor Reilly.

Speaking today Councillor Carney Boud said;

“Having been the victim of an orchestrated online bullying campaign I made a complaint to Sinn Féin against Councillor Noeleen Reilly who I believed to be behind the campaign.  The complaint is supported by documentary evidence.

“I am happy with how the party dealt with my complaint and the outcome of the procedure.  I now wish to continue my work as a councillor and won’t be commenting any further on this matter.”

Councillor Reilly has chosen not to appeal the decision of the Ard Comhairle but has instead resigned from the party.  The party is now requesting that she hands the Sinn Féin Dublin City Council seat back to the party.  Sinn Féin will not tolerate bullying.

In relation to Councillor Reilly’s allegation that she was assaulted, the party told Councillor Reilly on numerous occasions that she should report the alleged incident to An Garda Siochana.  

Councillor Reilly was again told last Saturday in correspondence from Party Chairperson Declan Kearney to report the alleged incident to An Garda Siochana.

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