Sinn Fein calls on councillor to give back seat after resigning
A war of words erupted between party chiefs and the councillor over her suspension.
Sinn Fein have demanded that a councillor hands back her seat after she resigned following a row over allegations of bullying and assault.
Noeleen Reilly, who serves on Dublin City Council, said she was quitting after the party hierarchy suspended her for six months over a bullying complaint she faced.
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 she suffered an assault.
She also said she first complained of being a victim of bullying four years ago.
Dessie Ellis, TD in the Dublin North-West constituency, was censured by party chiefs for his involvement in the long-running dispute with Ms Reilly and apologised for public comments he made about his former party colleague.
After Ms Reilly announced her resignation, party bosses called on her to give up the council seat.
I am resigning from Sinn Féin with immediate effect.— Cllr Noeleen Reilly (@NoeleenReilly) February 5, 2018
Today I hand in my resignation from Sinn Féin after 17... https://t.co/4JHBssMtkK
“The party is now requesting that she hands the Sinn Fein Dublin City Council seat back to the party. Sinn Fein will not tolerate bullying,” the party said in a statement.
Ms Reilly said: “I have been the victim of an orchestrated bullying campaign by a number of people in Dublin Northwest.”
She added: “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 four years hoping that justice would take place.”
Ms Reilly has vowed to work on as a councillor.
Sinn Fein said she was told on numerous occasions to report allegations of assault to gardai.