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Oops! Sinn Fein press advisor accidentally sends mass email asking about redundancy

Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald
Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald

By Kevin Doyle

A senior Sinn Fein advisor accidentally alerted the entirety of the Irish Parliament he might be made redundant after the next election.

The party’s press advisor, Shaun Treacy, emailed all staff in the Oireachtas with a query about his entitlement rather than the human resources department.

Mr Treacy works closely with Sinn Fein president Mary Lou McDonald and was a local election candidate in Dublin.

In an email sent 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 the election post-mortem continues in Sinn Fein. The party lost 81 seats on local authorities around the country last week, and at least one MEP.

Ms McDonald has accepted responsibility for the result, telling reporters: “The buck stops with me.”

The result has sparked fears within Sinn Fein that the party will lose some of its 23 Dail seats at the next general election.

Mr Treacy was a late substitute onto the party’s election ticket for Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.

He secured just 484 votes in the Glencullen-Sandyford ward.

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