Manorhamilton councillor Sean McSharry has reacted angrily to efforts by Sinn Féin to expel him from the party and to give up his seat on the Council.
In a statement to the Leitrim Observer, Cllr McSharry said: “It is with great disappointment that, after 17 years of loyal and dedicated service to the Sinn Féin Party, that on foot of my recent ill-health, that Sinn Féin has seen fit to expel me from the party. This expulsion is, in my view, grossly unfair and unwarranted given my particular personal circumstances. I feel that I have not been afforded due process and that this dismissal is excessive and a mistake and against the rules of natural justice.
“After having consulted with my supporters and constituents as well as my colleagues on Leitrim County Council, I have made up my mind to retain my seat on Leitrim County Council and to continue to serve ALL the people of North Leitrim to the very best of my ability.
“I am honoured and feel privileged to fulfil this role and would like to take this opportunity to thank the many people I have worked with over the years in my time as a dedicated and integral member of the Sinn Féin party. I intend to now focus all my energy and proven talents into continuing to serve the people of North Leitrim on Leitrim County Council and have every confidence in my own talents and work ethic to fulfil this role as your representative in North Leitrim.”
Cllr McSharry said that he now intended to serve as an Independent Councillor.
In a statement issued this morning to our paper, Eamon Nolan Chairperson of Sinn Féin’s Cúige Connacht/Uladh confirmed that Cllr McSharry had been dismissed from Sinn Féin.
“Following disciplinary procedures Leitrim County Councillor Sean McSharry was informed on the 10th July of his dismissal from Sinn Féin, Cllr McSharry subsequently appealed his dismissal to the Party’s Ard Comhairle and on 15th September. Mr McSharry’s dismissal from the party was confirmed,” he said.
“Sinn Féin now calls on Sean McSharry to hand back the Leitrim County Council seat to which he was co-opted following the election of Michael Colreavy to the Dáil in 2011. The people of the Manorhamilton Electoral Area elected a Sinn Féin representative and deserve continued representation by the party. In the meantime any constituents requiring advice or assistance should contact the Manorhamilton Office on 071-9855099 or mobile 087-2499476.”