Sinn Féin’s Sandra McLellan Standing Down in East Cork

When Sandra McLellan’s reported local party ally, Cllr June Murphy, resigned from Sinn Féin in September, citing her “increasingly negative experience” in the party, over that little local difficulty in East Cork, I wondered whether the party would continue to back their East Cork TD.   Facing a new re-selection contest in the constituency, the party’s sitting TD has announced that she is withdrawing from the fray.  From the RTÉ report

Sinn Féin has confirmed that the party’s TD Sandra McLellan has decided not to contest the next general election.

The Cork East TD posted on Facebook that her efforts as a TD were consistently undermined by a small number of party members locally.

The announcement follows a bitter row in the Sinn Féin organisation in Cork East earlier this year, which resulted in the resignation of dozens of party members.

The Irish Times quotes Sandra McLellan’s Facebook announcement

In a statement posted on her Facebook page, Ms McLellan confirmed that she had informed the Sinn Féin leadership last Thursday that she was not going to seek a nomination to run in Cork East

“I was asked to reconsider my position on this, which I undertook to do. However, I have decided not to contest the upcoming election for Sinn Féin,” said Ms McLellan in her statement.

“Over the period I have served as a TD, my efforts were consistently and persistently undermined by a small number in the constituency that called themselves members of Sinn Féin.”

Ms McLellan said that she was not prepared to “risk this for another term” and therefore would not be putting her name before the Sinn Fein Cork East selection convention due to be held on Sunday.

“I did everything in my power to provide good representation in both the constituency and Leinster House,” said Ms McLellan, who said she will continue to work as TD until the end of the Dáil term.

“It has been an honour to represent the people of Youghal and East Cork as a Sinn Féin TD over the last number of years,” she said, thanking family, friends and many in the party who stood by her.

As the Irish Times notes

In June, the party’s Ard Chomairle sanctioned the explusion of long serving party member Cllr Kieran McCarthy from Cobh who had won a seat for the party on Cork County Council in 2014.

The party said that it made the decision after a review of party structures in Cork East amid reports that Cllr McCarthy had been highly critical of Ms McLellan’s performance as a TD.

Cllr McCarthy hit back by accusing the party of “stabbing him in the back” and with the support of many ex-Sinn Féin members in Cobh, he is running as an independent candidate in Cork East

Sinn Féin’s Ard Chomairle also ordered the suspension of Mallow based Cllr Melissa Mullane for 12 months for “uncomradely behaviour” but she has since been re-admitted to the party.

However, Cllr Mullane’s readmission to the party ignited further controversy with Mitchelstown based Cllr June Murphy announcing her resignation from the party on foot of Cllr Mullane’s return.

Ms McLellan would have faced a serious challenge to hold her seat with Cllr McCarthy vying with her for the republican vote and Cllr [Pat]Buckley [the sole remaining Sinn Féin selection candidate] now faces the same challenge to hold the Sinn Féin seat.

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  • Makhno

    I hear she was pretty crap as a TD, missed clinics and ignored things brought to her attention. So maybe it’s for the best.

  • chrisjones2

    I blame the Brits, 600 Years of oppression, Cromwell

    Cue waving flag and rendition of “Soldiers Are We”

  • James7e

    Seems to be the way of it that all Shinners are outed as being “pretty crap”. Once they have left the cult, that is.

  • Granni Trixie

    To analyse a pattern of SF resignations I thnk you have to factor in the party’s unique system: all representatives take ‘an industrial wage’ and the rest goes into party coffers.

    A politcian is expected to take on much responsibility and work.
    On the plus side altruism and loyalty is its own reward but human nature being what it is, is it not likely that some ask themselves why take the hassle? Hence they resign.

  • chrisjones2

    all representatives take ‘an industrial wage’

    ….hence all those with second homes in the West or abroad

    …. and dont some get so little back that they claim benefits?

  • James7e

    Hmmm…. don’t let it get around but I think it may, just may, be the case that “some animals are more equal than others”.

  • Makhno

    Nice recycleable theory, but you should really check out what’s been happening in Cork.

  • James7e

    Hmmm….I’m curious as to when exactly you came to the opinion that she was pretty crap. Or, if you ‘heard’ that she was, when were you told that?

  • Mary Anna Quigley

    Well done, NI suffered crap 45 years of cults crap – worse than negative they are blood hounds money grabbers power controller’s. Ruthless dictatorship. Ps in for themselves alone.!

  • Makhno

    I’ve been hearing and reading this for quite some time now. Have you been hearing/reading how well she was doing?

  • James7e

    No, as a matter of fact I haven’t. But I’m curious as to where you’ve been reading it and from whom you’ve been hearing it.

  • Makhno

    Everything from blogs to the mainstream media incl. the Daily Mail. It’s called having sources, not just retreading a ‘handy’ opinion. Where do you get your ideas from?

  • James7e

    What did the Daily Mail have to say about her?

  • Makhno

    Hold on and I’ll type it all out for you. It wasn’t what the Mail said about her, so much, as what she said herself. Happy hunting!

  • James7e

    I see. She herself said that she wasn’t up to much? And the Mail said….nothing?