“I still hold the same view and opinion on the DPP..”

As mentioned in the comments zone here, the Impartial Reporter has followed up on the story of Sinn Féin’s decision to suspend from the party Cllr Bernice Swift – for her public criticism of the limited powers of the Policing Board and the District Policing Partnerships – and they have the reaction from Cllr Swift and from Sinn Fein Councillor Domhnall O’Cobhtaigh.Firstly, Cllr Swift

Ms Swift was informed of her suspension at a meeting with the Chair of Cuige Uladh, who are responsible for running the structure of Sinn Fein in Ulster, in the Enniskillen party office on Tuesday night.

Speaking about her suspension she said that she was sticking by her views: “I still hold the same view and opinion on the DPP. I would also like to assure my constituents that I will be working as hard as ever for them, with an even stronger republican attitude,” she said.

And from Cllr O’Cobhtaigh

Sinn Fein Councillor Domhnall O’Cobhtaigh, who is taking his seat on the DPP, said of Ms Swift’s suspension: “This is an internal Sinn Fein matter and as such Sinn Fein will be dealing with it internally, and not through the media.”

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  • Sir Herbert Mercer

    Sinn Fein really have a grievance with anyone whose opinion does not match that of it’s leadership.

    I suppose the IRA will be round to silence the councillor.

  • truth,hurts

    cllr domhnall O’Cobhtaigh would have no problem to take his seat on the Dpp’s he is someone who certainly doesnt represent the republican views of west fermanagh, he was co opted on to the council replacing a cllr from the derrylin and kinawley area who resigned because of policing, cllr O’Cobhtaigh still has to be elected by the PEOPLE of these and surrounding areas in a democratic election, i hope hes wearing his Dpp hat when hes puts it to the people. fair play to bernice swift good to see that she wont be bullied into excepting anything less than she believes in.

  • harry

    yes, fair play to her.
    sinn fein need more people of her quality

  • The Raven

    “…and as such Sinn Fein will be dealing with it internally, and not through the media.”

    I can never help but feel how sinister that always sounds….

  • Oliver Central

    Councillor Cara McShane Sinn fein has hosted meetings of Moyle DPP in her family run business in Ballintoy.
    Councillor Billy Leonard Sinn Fein is ex RUC AND ex DPP.

    The policing debate is over.

    Posted by Oliver Central on Jun 29, 2006 @ 07:53 PM

  • Paul

    ‘Suspended without prejudice’. Sounds very 1984 to me.

    The debate is not over but it is obvious that SF have internal problems, which they will deny.

    What will motivate a SF voter if unionists learnt to be more responsive and accommodating. When SF voters see the budget today do they think of a blow against the British state or of the last page of Animal Farm? Maybe they do not thnk at all.

  • harpo

    “he is someone who certainly doesnt represent the republican views of west fermanagh”

    Posted by truth hurts

    Truth:

    Odd then that when given the opportunity in the Assembly elections the ‘republican’ people of that area endorsed PSF candidates who were/are loyal to the leadership.

    Anti-policing independents did little to upset the pro-leadership candidates.

    Maybe the ‘republicans’ that you speak of aren’t that numerous. At least compared to the drones who say ‘aye’ to anything that the leadership of PSF say.

  • truth,hurts

    What i stated was that domhnall O’Cobhtaigh is pro policing and the area that he was co opted to represent all voted to reject the sinn fein position at the ard fheis. Also he was selected by people from outside of the area he represents now, no republican activist from this area proposed him to stand, this goes back to my point of people been hand picked because of there blind loyality to the leadership reguardless of there ability.that fact is that sinn fein sold the policing to people on lies and its only when people like cllr swift who now is questioning this and exposing the lies that it is hitting a raw nerve with the leadership and some of the grassroots.

  • Comrade Stalin

    I don’t like to defend SF but while all parties have dissenting voices, you can’t have two or three different party lines coming out. People who disagree strongly enough with the party to brief against it public should not be members in the first place.

  • tweedledee

    Ms Swift was informed of her suspension at a meeting with the Chair of Cuige Uladh, who are responsible for running the structure of Sinn Fein in Ulster, in the Enniskillen party office on Tuesday night.

    Was Cllr Swift given an opportunity to fall into line with party policy at this meeting and prior to her suspension, or was the meeting called to inform her she was suspended?

  • The Dubliner

    CS, most of them would have joined before the party line changed. And most of them would have been told that the party line didn’t actually change, i.e lied to. PSF weren’t accepting the legitimacy of the “Crown’s forces of occupation” by taking their seats on the policing board according to PSF’s leaders: they were merely taking their seats to “put manners on the police.” Sure, their supporters were dumb to buy that spin, but buy it they did – mainly due to PSF encouraging them to trust the leaders without thinking. Cults and all that.

    And by the way, it’s not natural to suspend party members because they express opinions that are different from the leaders’ opinions. No other political party in Ireland shows this level of fascism towards dissenting voices – mainly because PSF is the only fascist party in Ireland.

  • Outsider

    The Impartial has been brilliantly mischievous in this weeks edition.

    One the front page is a picture of Swift who is not the most attractive of ladies and that’s before I even start on her personality. In the picture she is standing at a podium with two microphones hanging down in front of her reminiscent of horns, therefore the Impartial has symbolically portrayed her as the devil and a very accurate portrayal it is.

  • barneyben

    “And by the way, it’s not natural to suspend party members because they express opinions that are different from the leaders’ opinions. No other political party in Ireland shows this level of fascism towards dissenting voices – mainly because PSF is the only fascist party in Ireland.”

    Who said it was “natural” in the first place? Not too sure who you are arguing with there Dubliner.
    You may recall that the Progressive Democrats were founded by Dessie O’Malley. Dessie was famously suspended from Fianna Fail and, after another treacherous heave against the leadership, he was eventually expelled. So you are not entirely correct to suggest that no party in Ireland suspends members, i.e. you lied.

  • Comrade Stalin

    Dubliner, the way I see it is that when you join a political party you’re accepting the decision making mechanisms and authorities within that. I don’t know how SF works internally, but I know in other parties that you have a council made up of regional delegates, which holds the party’s executive body to account, and which can pass policy resolutions, add/remove people from the executive, and elect the party leader.

    I don’t understand why people complain when the party makes a decision through the proper means that they don’t like. It’s like going to a 70s disco and complaining to the DJ that you don’t like the music. If you don’t like it, put your money where your mouth is and leave, otherwise be quiet.

    The problem was particularly acute in the UUP, where you had people like Donaldson, Burnside and Smyth who simply would not the decisions duly made by the party’s council. A failure to deal properly with dissidents like that is perceived by the public as dwadling weakness, which can be very damaging.

  • backdoorman

    truth, hurts:

    Fermanagh voted for the Policing motion overwhelmingly. Everyone knows that Bernice has very little support from Erne West today even in her home town of Derrygonnelly itself. She is desperately emailing hundreds of Republicans she doesn’t know and she is not getting much of a response.

    The party has moved on. Sinn Fein will be better without the likes of Swift pulling them backwards. There was a time she was jealously eyeing Michelle Gildernew’s seat as it seemed appropriate to her huge ego and now look at her. At least her colleague Pauline had the decency to leave when she lost the vote.

    As far as skills goes, she can talk but she is far from intelligent. If she was intelligent she would be dangerous, but she is not. She needs to get over herself and do the decent thing – resign now and join RSF. We’ll wait a while for her to join the frontline though – she’s more of a hurler from the ditch.

  • truth,hurts

    backdoorman
    i think you should change your name to BACKWARDSMAN, you are completely off the mark you havent a clue what your talking about. Sinn fein in fermanagh was split on the policing 60/40 and 90% of the cumainn in erne west fermanagh voted to reject the policing decision. she was elected 2 years ago with over 1200 votes in DERRYGONNELLY so i think your talking S**T. One question are one of the so called hundreds republicans she has emailed? If so prove it? And if not how do you know this information? but i doubt if you will prove anything because thats S**T as well. You sound like someone with a personal grudge, stick to the facts not petty rubish.

  • democracy

    News flash
    Sinn fein councilors in the north west go on strike until Bernice swift is reinstated.

  • Redhaze

    “News flash
    Sinn fein councilors in the north west go on strike until Bernice swift is reinstated.

    Posted by democracy on Oct 26, 2007 @ 03:21 PM”

    Huh?

  • Former SF member

    Backdoorman
    Obviously the SF leadership saw plenty of intellect, good political skills and future potential in Bernice when they nominated her to be one of the two alternate members of the Committee of the Regions set up by the EU in 1994 under the Treaty on the European Union, an advisory political assembly representing local and regional authorities in the European Union. The other alternate member was a DUP nominee. The alternate members act as substitutes for the two full members of the Committee of the Regions who happen to be two ministers – Conor Murphy and Edwin Poots. Unless of course you’re inferring that the bould Conor isn’t up to much himself!!

  • Former SF member

    If SF is right in suspending Bernice Swift for taking a public position (on policing) not in accordance with SF policy decided by the party at an Ard Fhéis; then why wasn’t Gerry A suspended when he publicly took a position on corporation tax levels that was not in accordance with party policy which was also decided by the party at an Ard Fhéis.

    Is it because :

    a) Bernice is a woman

    b) Bernice is not from Belfast

    c) Bernice is telling the truth

    d) Bernice still has some Republican principles left; or

    e) Bernice is not Uachtarán of the party?