“I first went to the party in Feb 2014 over this bullying and have consistently done so to try and get it stopped.”

So, as we know, there’s been a steady stream of southern SF councillors leaving the party. The latest to go is North Dublin Cllr Noeleen Reilly, this is the one most likely to do serious damage, who announced her exit of.

We knew something was wrong when the local SF TD, Dessie Ellis, publicly threatened to sue the Ballymun Tidy Towns Committee over what he alleged at the time was…

…a completely false allegation was made against him at the meeting by a male party colleague, who is a supporter of Sinn Féin councillor Noeleen Reilly.

In this, although Ellis was the first to go public on the row, in their internal handling of the dispute, Ellis was given a ‘written warning’, while Ms Reilly was suspended for six months. According to the RTE report:

Ms Reilly described her treatment by Sinn Féin as “torture” since she first made bullying allegations in 2014 and said she had no choice but to resign.

She said every time she went to the party about the alleged bullying she was “either ignored or an angle was found to blame me for their treatment.

“Unfortunately I was just up against the wrong people and this was never a battle I was going to win.”

This is her resignation from her Facebook page, posted just after nine this morning…

I am resigning from Sinn Féin with immediate effect.

Today I hand in my resignation from Sinn Féin after 17 years a member.

Their decision on Saturday left me with very little choice as I could not remain in the party that and defend myself.
I have been the victim of an orchestrated bullying campaign by a number of people in Dublin Northwest.

I first went to the party in Feb 2014 over this bullying and have consistently done so to try and get it stopped.

Every time I did so it was either ignored or an angle was found to blame me for their treatment.

Unfortunately, I was just up against the wrong people and this was never a battle I was going to win.

My treatment included physical assaults, verbal abuse, total isolation, smear campaigns, the list goes.

I was always told to keep these matters internal and I did so for 4 years hoping that Justice would take place as some time.

I will be remaining as a Councillor and will continue to work hard for the people of Dublin Northwest.

I want to wish all the good people in Sinn Féin the best in the future and thank you for your support over the years.

There are, as she describes them, some distressing pictures on her Twitter feed.

According to the RTE report, SF alleged Cllr Reilly had orchestrated a campaign against another Sinn Fein councillor, something she strenuously denies. Before concluding, it also notes…

The statement said the party is now requesting that Ms Reilly hands the Sinn Féin Dublin City Council seat back to the party. “Sinn Féin will not tolerate bullying,” it adds.

“In relation to Councillor Reilly’s allegation that she was assaulted, the party told Councillor Reilly on numerous occasions that she should report the alleged incident to An Garda Síochána,” the statement says.

Responding to the Sinn Féin statement Ms Reilly said that she was never involved in a bullying campaign against another councillor.

She also said that she would not be handing back her seat on Dublin City Council to Sinn Féin.

“No I won’t. And they have some cheek after what they allowed happen to me,” she said.

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty

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