Carol Nolan TD suspended from Sinn Féin for three months
Sinn Féin Whip Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has informed Offaly TD Carol Nolan of her suspension from the party for a period of three months.
The suspension follows Deputy Nolan’s decision to vote against legislation to allow a referendum on the Eighth Amendment.
It is long standing Sinn Féin policy to support repeal of the Eighth Amendment and to campaign in a referendum to achieve that objective.
Sinn Féin Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD said;
“People across society have deep and sincerely held views on the Eighth Amendment. I recognise and respect that fact.
“Carol holds strong, personal convictions on this matter.
“At all stages, the party has acknowledged and respected her views and her right to articulate those views.
“However, Sinn Féin elected representatives are expected to respect policy decisions taken by the Ard Fheis and to vote in line with party policy.
“All Sinn Féin elected representatives, including members of the Oireachtas, are aware of this.
“Carol is a valued colleague and I very much regret this turn of events.
“However, as legislators we have a responsibility to vote as we are mandated by long standing Sinn Féin policy, a policy which we strongly believe is in the best interests of women.”