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Councillor resigns from Sinn Fein amid row with TD

Noeleen Reilly said she was resigning after 17 years as a Sinn Fein member.

A councillor who alleged she had been assaulted and bullied has resigned from Sinn Fein.

Noeleen Reilly, who has a seat on Dublin City Council, said she was quitting after the party hierarchy suspended her for six months over a complaint against her.

Ms Reilly, who represents the Ballymun and neighbouring areas, was disciplined by the Sinn Fein national executive at the weekend and then took to social media to claim an assault.

She also claimed she complained of being bullied four years ago.

Dessie Ellis, TD in the Dublin North-West constituency, was also censured by party chiefs over a long-running dispute with Ms Reilly and apologised for comments he made about his former party colleague.

Ms Reilly said she was resigning after 17 years as a Sinn Fein member.

“I have been the victim of an orchestrated bullying campaign by a number of people in Dublin Northwest,” Ms Reilly alleged.

“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.”

Ms Reilly said she would continue her work as a councillor.

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