Second Sinn Féin councillor resigns from party in election aftermath

iol reports the resignation of New Ross Town Cllr John Dwyer from Sinn Féin. His profile on the Wexford Sinn Féin website calls him “one of the most experienced of County Wexford’s local politicians” and notes he has been a councillor since 1999. As with Dublin Cllr Christy Burke the party has called on Cllr Dwyer to “return his seat to the party”. Adds From Politics.ie – “Cllr Dwyer is presently out of the country on holidays and is reported on South East Radio to be releasing a statement on his political future later today.” [That’s from a few days ago] Updated below the fold. And More from Cllr Dwyer here.

The 47-year-old, who left the party before in the mid-1980s over a disagreement with some members, said it was clear Sinn Féin was pushing a doomed strategy of personality politicians. In an attack on two of the party’s leading lights in the Republic, he said failed MEP candidate Mary Lou McDonald had no track record in grass-roots local politics. “She is a very able politician but in terms of having a grasp of real-life everyday problems, she’s not in a position to understand that sort of thing,” he said.

Mr Dwyer also claimed rising Sinn Féin star Senator Pearse Doherty was hand-picked by the leadership as a “safe pair of hands” and more suited to a career in life-assurance than radical politics. “Building a party of faces rather than policies is never a good thing,” he said.

Update Also from politics.ie today

Cllr John Dwyer has confirmed on South East Radio’s “Morning Mix” his resignation from Sinn Fein. He will sit as an independent on New Ross Town Council. His concern at the rightward trend of policy in Sinn Fein, the unequal distribution of resources internally in the movement and poor support for him from HQ as well as his treatment by Gerry Adams who warned him against “waving the red flag in Wexford” at a meeting attended by about 50 activists are cited as grounds for resignation.

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  • oracle

    For a Dam to burst it first must suffer structural cracking.
    SF in the south are suffering cracking for sure

  • ‘return the seat to the party’.
    Surely sf aren’t claiming that the party owns the seat. If anything, there should be a by election and the people should decide.

  • Mark McGregor

    Pete,

    The thread and the comment on politics.ie are from 6 days ago.

  • Pete Baker

    It’s being updated today, Mark.

    See below the fold.

  • and there’s us Unionist’s divided over an issue of timing…. pah!

    the biggest threat to the Union is obviously Unionists

  • Pete Baker

    I’ve updated the post to note the new iol report

    The 47-year-old, who left the party before in the mid-1980s over a disagreement with some members, said it was clear Sinn Féin was pushing a doomed strategy of personality politicians. In an attack on two of the party’s leading lights in the Republic, he said failed MEP candidate Mary Lou McDonald had no track record in grass-roots local politics. “She is a very able politician but in terms of having a grasp of real-life everyday problems, she’s not in a position to understand that sort of thing,” he said.

    Mr Dwyer also claimed rising Sinn Féin star Senator Pearse Doherty was hand-picked by the leadership as a “safe pair of hands” and more suited to a career in life-assurance than radical politics. “Building a party of faces rather than policies is never a good thing,” he said.

  • Mark McGregor

    I’ve a lot of time for John Dwyer and he is very much of the radical and left tradition of republicanism but I think these attacks on individuals do him the service his record as an activist does.

    Seems as petty as some of the comment being made about him.

  • Mark McGregor

    ‘don’t do him the service’

  • Killian Forde

    John is an excellent representative and a real loss to the party.

  • redhugh78

    He says Sf ‘lost the argument’
    Is it not the case that he has given up on trying to win it.

  • Little Adams

    People speak of “the party” when speaking of SF. Is “the movement” finished?

    Truth is, there is no real political speace for SF south of the border. They are no longer FF with guns.
    If they were FF (with or without the cordite), lumpen lumps like Burke would never get a look in. Jackie (Sean) Crowe could also do with elocution lessons. Though Mary Lou might like her bit of rough, the rough cannot control the situation forever. Some of them, like the Adams family, will evolve and morph into the new ruling class a la those who now run the Labour party. The others, the lumpen dross, will fade away. That is Irish history’s lesson.

    Is Martin Ferris’ wife related to the head of ASIO, Australia’s MI5, btw?

  • Risteard O Fuarain

    I am disappointed that John Dwyer has attacked Mary Lou and Pearse. They are both good Republicans and an asset to this country. Yes, both Christy and John should have stood in the elections as independents if indeed they were so confident. They took the election pledge and should stand by it. I cannot understand why they stood on the SF platform and then a few days later have decided to leave. It makes no sense and must be disappointing for the members who canvassed for them and supported them as Sinn Fein candidates. As a member of Sinn Fein I am proud to say that we have always stood shoulder to shoulder with the working class and will continue to do so. That said, I bear no animosity towards Christy or John and wish them well.