Row rumbles on.

The ever excellent Newshound carries an report of trouble in Sinn Féin’s ranks, Anger as Sinn Féin members step down, with Sean Hayes openly criticising what he called the disenfranchisement of voters in South East Belfast, Markets and Ormeau Road, and multiple resignations in protest at the recent suspensions from the party.However,despite such unusually forthright criticism, he is still calling for people to vote Sinn Féin on May 5th.

“Of course it’s natural for people to get angry about this. I have had many people who supported Deirdre approaching me and saying that they are not going to vote for Sinn Féin now.

“But whatever has happened, Sinn Féin are still the only party who can deliver services and resources to the community.

“We must now work on rebuilding local membership and strengthening our grass roots base.”

It will be interesting to see if Mr Hayes comments will be remembered by the leadership in future.