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Limerick councillor resigns over 'bullyboy tactics'

By Niall O'Connor

A number of Sinn Fein councillors are preparing to publicly condemn a "culture of bullying" in the party following the shock resignation of its youngest female councillor.

Lisa-Marie Sheehy (23) became the latest politician to quit over what she described as "bullyboy politics". The Limerick representative said she will now serve as an independent having experienced verbal "intimidation" from a small number of colleagues.

"I have no respect for the party anymore as I have been undermined, bullied and humiliated," she said.

"I have tried to fulfil my duty as a public representative to the best of my ability and during that time I have been consistently and frequently belittled by party members, and after seeing a number of other members wronged by the party and nothing of substance being done about it, I could not stay any longer."

Ms Sheehy's resignation is one of several in recent weeks. Sources suggest disgruntled councillors are due to release a statement soon criticising the culture within the party.

Gerry Adams brushed aside Ms Sheehy's allegations. "There's no culture of bullying within Sinn Fein and it's very unfair to members that allegation has been made," he said.

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