“major domestic political difficulties within the republican movement in south Derry”

The Irish News has further details of the brief comments[subs req] from the former Sinn Féin councillor Oliver Hughes on the resignation from the party of himself and fellow councillor Patsy Groogan, highlighting the commitment of “all sides” to openness and transparency in local goverment…From today’s Irish News[subs]

Speaking yesterday Mr Hughes, a brother of hunger striker Francis Hughes, said neither he nor Mr Groogan were willing to make their problems public.

“Myself and councillor Groogan have left the party”, he said.

“We will still hold out seats on Magherafelt District Council and support the Sinn Féin group on the council whenever we see fit.”

“I would like to make the point that we do not have any disagreement with the leadership of the republican movement.

“Our reasons for resigning are the result of major domestic political difficulties within the republican movement in south Derry.

All sides have agreed that we would not debate our difficulties in public.

Whatever you say, say nothing?