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.”