SF man fearing for his job sends email to entire Irish parliament
A Sinn Fein adviser has accidentally alerted everyone in the Irish parliament that he might be made redundant after the next election.
Press adviser Shaun Treacy emailed all staff in the Oireachtas, instead of the human resources department, with a query about his entitlement.
Mr Treacy works closely with Sinn Fein president Mary Lou McDonald and was a local election candidate in Dublin.
In an email to hundreds of people linked to different political parties in Leinster House, he wrote: "I was wondering who I should talk to about a potential redundancy package at the next election. I am looking to find out what I would be entitled to if I was made redundant after the next election."
When contacted, Mr Treacy said it was "a personal matter".
It comes as Sinn Fein's election post-mortem continues. The party lost 81 seats on local authorities around the country last week and at least one MEP.
Ms McDonald has accepted full responsibility for the result, telling reporters: "The buck stops with me."
The outcome sparked fears within Sinn Fein that the party could lose some of its 23 Dail seats at the next general election.
Mr Treacy was a late substitute on the party's election ticket for Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.
He secured just 484 votes in the Glencullen-Sandyford ward.