Daithí McKay resigns as an MLA and is suspended from Sinn Fein

The Sinn Fein Chief Whip, Carál Ní Chuilín has announced the resignation with immediate effect of Daithí McKay as an MLA for North Antrim.

The party has also suspended him from Sinn Fein.

Full statement

Daithí McKay has resigned as MLA for North Antrim with immediate effect and has been suspended from Sinn Féin.

His letter of resignation has been submitted to the Speaker’s office.

David McCann holds a PhD in North-South relations from University of Ulster. You can follow him on twitter @dmcbfs

  • The Irishman

    Well said

  • The Irishman

    So gloating is evidence now? Wise up

  • The Irishman

    Yes, I have noticed that myself. It’s kind of hard not to with their repeated posts doing nothing but attack Sinn Fein. It is noticeable in which the speed of the posts go up attacking Sinn Fein, many times they have multiple threads open on the same topic.

  • The Irishman

    You like to throw Gerry in at nearly every post today, got tiresome long ago…

  • PeterBrown
  • John Collins

    Look how long Saville and Smith got away with their crimes and in all honesty can we be sure there was no cover ups in their cases. It is very hard to believe nobody had reported them.

  • T.E.Lawrence

    No doubt Sub this Plasterer leads an eventful life ? Am waiting on that other Sinn Fein Handyman JJ to make an appearance on the stage of the drama ? Gripping Stuff !

  • Granni Trixie

    I am not saying that the wrong was that Jamies “evidence” was being interfered with by SF.
    The wrong – major in my world – was that a chair or even committee member ought not to have contact with someone coming before the committee. There surely was another legitimate route they could have directed Jamie to if he needed advice.

    I also think the sanctimonious tone being adopted by DUP in response to this is rich.

  • Alan N/Ards

    I was driving through a housing estate in Newtownards earlier today and I came across some fresh graffiti on a gable wall. I only had a quick glance at it but it seemed to read Seamy Bryson Lundy. Jamie is upsetting a lot of people.

  • Kevin Breslin

    Out of McKay, O’Hara and Bryson … Bryson is the least culpable.

  • Skibo

    I agree and believe the impartiality of the committee was brought into question. That is if you believe anyone in politics on either side can be considered impartial!

  • Skibo

    There is a story going about that Jamie leaked the story because of Daithi’s stance on the parade through Rasharkin. If that is true, it was very short sighted on his part and whatever standing he had within the Loyalist community will now be lost.

  • eamoncorbett

    Given what you say is fact , what can SF do to win back their power base and recover the votes lost to PBP , they’ve tried both tactics of wrecking Stormont ( Maze and economy controversy) and the FSA which still exists with slight glitch . By the way they had excellent partners in the above adventures . Are you implying that constant disruption of powersharing and the general wrecking game is the way to go . Myself I believe that Stormont will be a non runner eventually anyway for the above reasons , but what interests me is what action SF should now take as I have a fair idea where Unionism is headed.

  • Skibo

    Just one thing Peter, a judge will normally be a practising barrister, after a number of years as a solicitor. A lead Judge will have been a judge for a number of years. What experience would Daithi had in running the investigation?
    Hardly a comparison of apples and apples.

  • Skibo

    Granni, again there seems to be no implied accusation of supplying information or nobbling of the witness. It is advice, as far as I can see, as to how to present the evidence.
    The nobbling of Jenny Palmer to change her evidence would have been a more serious issue, yet that led to the perpetrator being promoted!

  • eac1968

    Just a couple of points for information.

    1) Full-time judges are no longer practising barristers.

    2) Barristers and solicitors are 2 separate branches of the legal profession. Lawyers don’t become barristers ‘after a number of years as a solicitor.’ Law graduates who go on to the professional side of training either train for the bar and become barristers, or they train for entry to the Solicitor’s Roll. A small number of solicitors take extra training to work as solicitor-advocates but they’re still not barristers.

    Just wanted to clear that up.

  • Granni Trixie

    I’m with you re Jenny Palmer.

  • chrisjones2

    If she was unwilling to cooperate and Liam had fled what did you suggest the police should have done? Did Gerry immediately toddle down to the police Station and spill the beans on this horrible horrible crime?

    And your determination to try and change the topic on this blog clearly shows your own desperation

  • chrisjones2

    I suggest you dont feel the trolling / deflection exercise

  • Am Ghobsmacht

    It’s a very large club these days.

  • Jollyraj

    That he knowingly concealed the abuse seems proven beyond doubt, but one wonders whether the fact that “he remained a member of the party was appoint as head of youth (!) in Dundalk” would actually qualify as ‘enabling’ the abuse of others.

    After all, if he knew about what his brother had been up to in the past he would surely have been neglecting a duty of care towards other children that he was knowingly putting in harm’s way, wouldn’t he? I’m no legal expert, but looking at it from the layman’s perspective in a hypothetical situation where Liam Adams had used that new role to exploit other minors, wouldn’t brother Gerry be liable, too?

  • Jollyraj

    “there is absolutely no comparison between what Gerry Adams(sic)…..and what McKay done(sic)”

    If I’m understanding him correctly then, yes, the two things are not comparable. I believe what he is saying is that ‘what Gerry did was much worse – so why wasn’t Gerry sacked?’

  • Jollyraj

    Would you have the link for that testimony? I think I missed it. Cheers!

  • Alan N/Ards

    I see that you are another speech impediment mocker. Lovely. I know a number of people who suffered at the hands of bullies for having one.

  • submariner

    As a Nationalist Poster I take great pleasure in exposing and pointing out the rank hypocrisy of the unionist posters on this site in relation to their attitude to loyalist/Unionist terrorism and sectarianism. But I draw the line at using the victims of sexual abuse to get one over on them. Some things are just beyond the pale. This thread is an example of the depths that people will stoop to to justify their own hatred.

  • Hugh Davison

    Idiotic comment. The Queen is also head of state, a position that is barred to Catholics by the Act of Settlement and subsequent Acts.

  • Hugh Davison

    Of course we are. That’s why a catholic can never become the head of state. It’s a democratic decision, innit?

  • Thomas Barber

    You have a brass neck calling anyone a troll Chris.

  • PeterBrown

    Now are you seriously suggesting he didn’t know what he was doing – the speed of his resignation implies otherwise? And barristers don’t need to be solicitors first….

  • T.E.Lawrence
  • Gopher

    You can make up many plausible scenarios for instance if the take the Story a face value and “D” was acting off his own bat then perhaps a rival in SF wanted rid of him.

    What we know is “D” and “M” were on the finance committee and “Mc G” denied knowing about the notification which largely framed SF’s angle of attack despite all evidence subsequently produced to the contrary. It would be hard to imagine in the light of that evidence the committee would have had grounds to investigate given the preponderance of SF and DUP MLA’s.
    So to me it looks increasingly likely that the whole investigation given the lack of any evidence and the lack of pursuit of the various parties logistically and demonstrably involved was a just a stage to place Jamie Bryson on. Every other consideration now appears secondary.

  • Glenn

    So thats it as soon as the debate is brought to the sainted Gerry and his covering up of pedophilia, Unionists are accused of using sexual victims.
    This is a typical republican reply, as they can’t have a leader who not only put his brothers victim at further risk but other children.

    Adams did the covering up the concealed his brothers pedophilia for years, a clear breach of the shinner/provos rules. Which meant his deviant brother was allowed further contact with children. All this information is in the public domain.
    Yet republicans want the debate closed down, which is understandable from them. As it exposes and highlights the preferential treatment Gerry Adams received from Sinn Fein/IRA to that of lesser members.
    All shinners/provos are equal, but some are more equal than others.

  • anon

    Not usually but I have no qualms about mocking that wee toe-rag.

    Why don’t you go and watch Life of Brian and then send off a few letters to John Cleese and co.

  • john millar

    Oh dear–Queenie is head of the Church of England.

    It follows that she cannot be a Roman Catholic

    Accession to the crown is hereditary (not an appointment) the law (currently) provides that since– to repeat- the monarch is appointed as head of the Church of England Roman Catholics cannot be monarch.
    Removal of Queenie as head of the church would help.

    The Pope is Head of state (the Vatican) I understand that its essential to be a Roman Catholic to aspire to the papacy. If we could remove the requirement for Roman Catholicism could we appoint an non catholic as head of state at the Vatican?

  • Hugh Davison

    False equivalence. The Vatican is an artificial state. It is not a democracy. The UK is (in theory).
    But you know all this, don’t you?

  • john millar
  • anon

    Consorting with themmuns won’t win him any friends among the no surrender crew

  • AntrimGael

    Perception is EVERYTHING in this place and whatever the Shinner’s motives are, the fact that they are in cahoots and consorting with Jamie Bryson is NOT going down well in Nationalist and Republican circles. You can surmise, put up reasons, deflect and excuse but it doesn’t remove the fact that Sinn Fein have a bad smell coming off them from this and many people I have spoken to are just plain disgusted including grassroots Republicans still loyal to the Shinners. It’s the same with the Twaddell Avenue Orange march. Sinn Fein will do a deal with the Devil if they can come out of it smelling of roses. It’s ALL about them and not the wider Nationalist/Republican community. NO ONE I know believes for a minute Daithi McKay and his mate acted by themselves.

  • Hugh Davison


  • john millar

    For slow learners

    The UK head of state HAS to be head of the Church of England – its in the job description.can`t be ducked

    Roman Catholics thus cannot apply

    (If Queenie felt strongly enough about it she could convert and abdicate and pass the parcel)

  • John Collins

    No problem – it was a clumsy remark anyway.