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Toibin claims Sinn Fein official told him to 'F*** off' out of office 'before something happens'

Peadar Toibin
Peadar Toibin

By Cormac McQuinn

Aontu leader Peadar Toibin has claimed that an official from Sinn Fein told him to “F*** off” out of an office on the party area at Leinster House “before something happens”.

Mr Toibin who quit Sinn Fein last November made the claim on a social media post.

He posted a picture of empty boxes that were left in his office.

And he wrote: "This morning without permission these boxes were put in my office."

He alleges that shortly afterwards a Sinn Fein official: "came in shouting "F*** off out of this floor, F*** off out of this area and F*** off out of this office before something happens [sic]".

Mr Toibin added: "21 years I gave these people."

Sinn Fein released a statement this evening which did not dispute Mr Toibin’s account.

The statement said: "Peadar Toibin has not been a member of Sinn Fein since November last year, yet he is still on the Sinn Fein floor in Leinster House.

"A party official today asked him to move off the floor.

"This was a private conversation.

"This issue is not uncommon in other parties when members leave.

"The party has no further comment to make."

Mr Toibin has founded a new party, Aontu, since he left Sinn Fein.

Mr Toibin told Independent.ie that he had been trying to move office in recent months but that there hasn't been an alternative location available in Leinster House.

He said he has been in contact with Oireachtas authorities today and expects to have an alternative office in the next 10 days.

Mr Toibin said his relationship with some people in Sinn Fein have been "souring", especially since he launched Aontu.

He said he's no "shrinking violet" and this is part of a "fractured situation" but that today's alleged incident was "out of order".

He quit Sinn Fein last November having previously been suspended from party activity for six months after going against the party’s decision to back legislation allowing for abortion.

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