Sinn Fein rocked by resignation of entire branch organisation in Cork
Sinn Fein has been rocked by the resignation of an entire branch organisation in Cork in protest at the treatment of two councillors.
A total of 15 Fermoy cumann members indicated their intention to resign in protest at the treatment of councillors Kieran McCarthy and Melissa Mullane.
The formal resignations will be tabled over the next 48 hours unless the party agrees to revoke the disciplinary actions.
Last Monday, Cobh-based Mr McCarthy was expelled from the party while Mallow-based Mr Mullane was suspended for a year for unspecified reasons.
Both politicians have been told they are now expected to resign the Cork County Council seats they won last year.
In a statement, Fermoy Sinn Féin said the two councillors were hugely respected.
"We can, therefore, not stand idly by while what we view as a seriously unjust and undemocratic act is carried out in our name," it warned.
"We consider the action an affront to the democratic, socialist and republican ideals that the party stands for and would strongly urge the Sinn Fein leadership to revisit their decision and not stand in the way of the democratic process within the party."
Mr McCarthy has said he has no intention of relinguishing his council seat.
"It is not going to happen."