“a claim on behalf of Mr Green against Sinn Féin has been registered with the Fair Employment Tribunal…”

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When Sinn Fein’s political director at Stormont, Leo Green, failed to appear at the party’s Ard Fheis in February, both Mr Green, whilst confirming that he was no longer their northern political director, and the party were keen to play down suggestions of a dispute.  As Liam Clarke noted at the time

Green said he had renewed his membership of Sinn Fein on January 24 and that he had not left over any single issue. We are none the wiser except that this man, who cut his political teeth under IRA army discipline, is not about to break ranks with his comrades and speak his mind.

The rumour is that, among other issues, he felt the party had pushed too far in opposition to welfare reform, but this is denied by Sinn Fein. “There are no policy issues, because the people you are talking about remain in the party,” Alex Maskey told the BBC.

But today’s Irish News reports that Mr Green has now taken a case against the party for discrimination and unfair dismissal.  From the Irish News

Leo Green was Sinn Fein’s political director at Stormont until his shock departure ahead of February’s Ard Fheis.

Reports that he had left were rubbished at the time, with the party insisting that the former hunger striker had renewed his membership just a month earlier.

But it was confirmed last night that Mr Green [] is taking an unprecedented employment case.

He is suing on the grounds of discrimination for holding a political opinion, unfair dismissal and breach of contract.

The Irish News report goes on to say

At the time of Leo Green’s departure one newspaper linked his departure to his opposition to welfare reform.

Last week Mr McGuinness rejected DUP claims that Sinn Féin had reneged on benefit cuts agreed last May.

It was confirmed last night that a claim on behalf of Mr Green against Sinn Féin has been registered with the Fair Employment Tribunal and the Industrial Tribunal.

Sinn Féin did not comment.

Adds  In the Irish Times Gerry Moriarty adds

[Leo Green] is taking the case through the Fair Employment Tribunal and the Industrial Tribunal. A tribunal spokesman said proceedings were at an early stage and the case is yet to be listed.

A Sinn Féin spokesman also confirmed the claims have been lodged to the tribunals.

“Sinn Féin will be contesting this. I do not want to say anything that will prejudice this case,” he added.

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Leo Green was viewed as one of Sinn Féin’s most senior strategists and advisors. His leaving his political director post and the  discrimination case has caused great surprise in political circles.

A Sinn Féin spokesman said Mr Green was the first member to take such a case against the party.

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  • http://whereareyoufrancishutcheson.wordpress.com martyntodd

    “Ourselves alone” are not forgiving of those who break ranks with the party line.

    It will be very interesting to see how much Leo Green needs to reveal about internal party workings and differences in political opinions within the Sinn Fein leadership to make his case to the Fair Employment Tribunal

  • zep

    The politburo won’t be pleased.

  • cynic2

    “Oh s**t”, as Gerry might say

  • Mick Fealty

    He will surely have to substantiate the grounds on which holding a political opinion could construed as wrongful dismissal. That would have to involve evidence that his employers misbehaved in some way.

    Possibly in the way Mr Robinson suggested in his interview last Thursday? It would be useful to see some paperwork rather than just hearsay…

  • Charles_Gould

    Adds the the growing sense of internal divisions in the party.

  • socaire

    So young and so cynical………..

  • Politico68

    Growing sense of divisions in the party? I think that’s wishful thinking on the part of many but simply miles away from reality.

  • http://www.thedissenter.co.uk thedissenter

    How Mr Green have his own political opinion. Though in a political party, being at odds with the employer – that is the Party – that would be a bit difficult if you were to be a ‘political director’ and the Party wanted to go in a different direction.

    Was this a ‘Party’ paid job, or a SPAD-like Civil Service job? There would be a difference in that, otherwise not clear on his point. Surely he, of all people, would know the nature of the beast.

  • Niall Noigiallach

    “Adds the the growing sense of internal divisions in the party.”

    Headers. Headers everywhere

  • cynic2

    Why are some of my comments showing

    “Your comment is awaiting moderation.”

    Has Connelly House closed early for the night?

    :):):)

  • son of sam

    As per usual,no doubt the code of omertà will apply.Given the sensitivity of the case,presumably it will be handled with more assuredness than Gormley’s action.

  • Framer

    The new rules in England require claimants to go through ACAS before hitting a tribunal.
    Perhaps SF will encourage parity in this department now.

  • Granni Trixie

    Hands up,..I am taking pleasure in this. Welcome to the real world,SF, where intimidation is not allowed to hold people back from perusing their rights as they see it.

  • Barnshee

    won`t run —-the claim will be withdrawn the “settlement” will be confidential

  • Pete Baker

    Adds In the Irish Times Gerry Moriarty adds

    [Leo Green] is taking the case through the Fair Employment Tribunal and the Industrial Tribunal. A tribunal spokesman said proceedings were at an early stage and the case is yet to be listed.

    A Sinn Féin spokesman also confirmed the claims have been lodged to the tribunals.

    “Sinn Féin will be contesting this. I do not want to say anything that will prejudice this case,” he added.

    []

    Leo Green was viewed as one of Sinn Féin’s most senior strategists and advisors. His leaving his political director post and the discrimination case has caused great surprise in political circles.

    A Sinn Féin spokesman said Mr Green was the first member to take such a case against the party.

  • Seamuscamp

    As Mick says, it would be nice to see paperwork rather than hearsay. Speculation is alright for the Daily Mail, but not for polite company.

    If Mr Green has adopted a stance that means he cannot reflect the policy of the Party employing him, he can hardly expect to continue in the post of political director. But we don’t know – nor does the estimable Mr Baker.

    I suspect the IT approach is no more than a bookmark at the behest of Grabbit and Runne.