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Sinn Fein questioned about suspension

Sinn Fein has been asked to explain why one of the party’s elected representatives, who was suspended following allegations of child abuse, is still registered as a council member.

The party has insisted that the councillor was stood down “without prejudice” more than a year ago after being quizzed by detectives about the alleged abuse of a child dating back to the late 1970s. A file has been forwarded by the PSNI to the PPS and is “under active consideration”.

However, the council concerned said last night it has not received notification from the councillor or Sinn Fein about the suspension. Despite being suspended from the party, the elected representative attended two council meetings as a Sinn Fein councillor.

The individual is also still registered as a Sinn Fein councillor on the party’s website.

“Some sort of an inquiry needs to be launched into this. Sinn Fein should have informed the council that this councillor was not representing the party,” a DUP council member said.

Belfast Telegraph