Brolly quits Sinn Fein over stance on termination
A former Sinn Fein councillor has quit the party over its new policy on abortion.
Anne Brolly had been a high-profile public representative with 13 years' service on the former Limavady council.
But it emerged yesterday she has allowed her membership to lapse after last year's Sinn Fein Ard Fheis voted to support terminations in limited cases of so-called fatal foetal abnormaility.
"I would be prepared to accept Sinn Fein on many levels and I will always support their ultimate aim towards a united Ireland - but this was a step too far for me," she said.
Mrs Brolly, whose husband Francie is a former Assembly member for East Londonderry, also claimed other members have left because of the issue. Mr Brolly said he too had considered leaving the party.
But the former republican internee said: "I am working inside Sinn Fein to try and change that. The leadership (and I) have agreed to differ."
Mrs Brolly is now a leading figure in a new pressure group to oppose abortion both in Northern Ireland and the Republic.
The group called Cherish All the Children Equally had its first meeting in Cookstown last weekend. It is believed to have been attended by several former elected representatives and other people linked to Sinn Fein.