Sinn Fein councillor quits party over 'smear campaign'
One of Sinn Fein's most high profile councillors in the Republic has quit the party amid claims he and his family were subjected to "unfounded and untruthful allegations".
Tipperary representative Seamus 'Seamie' Morris will now serve as an Independent councillor after becoming the latest figure to resign over an alleged bullying culture.
Mr Morris has been engaged in an internal inquiry process after claiming he was subjected to a smear campaign. In September, he said he had considered taking his own life after he was expelled from his local party branch.
He said then that he was a "victim of an intense nine-month hate campaign of harassment and slander".
"These unaddressed allegations have had a desperate impact on my family and myself over the last number of months," Mr Morris said.
Sinn Fein rejected the claims, saying: "The party found no evidence of a smear campaign against Councillor Morris."