UTV are reporting [no word on the SF website] Sinn Féin General Secretary Mitchel McLaughlin’s emphasis on the democratic nature of the disciplinary hearing that the party’s MLA Francie Molloy faces following his repeated assertion that the 7 Councils model, announced by Peter Hain, was a “sectrarian headcount” – the Irish Times cartoonist Martyn Turner picks up that theme today – Meanwhile, in the Belfast Telegraph, Eamonn McCann wonders “whether [his] old friend Mitchel isn’t being a mite foolhardy in exercising his disciplinary muscle with such evident alacrity” and, seeking clarity on party procedures, adds a great line “It is surely not healthy to have party members walking around not knowing whether it’s safe to look sideways at Barry McElduff.”
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