McDonald should refer SF Dublin North West Feud to An Garda Síochána

Issued 5 February 2018

Labour Party Leader Brendan Howlin has said that the revelations around the feuding factions in Sinn Féin in Dublin North West suggest that the matter may be one for An Garda Síochána rather than the Sinn Féin National Executive.

Deputy Howlin said:

"The seriousness of the claims and indeed photographic evidence of an alleged assault on a now former Sinn Féin Councillor which had been referred to Deputy Mary Lou McDonald are such that the issue should be referred to the Gardaí.

"Suspensions and the like are all very well but it is clear that this feud has gone beyond the political.

"The soon to be President and Leader of Sinn Féin, Mary Lou McDonald went silent for days around the incident involving Barry McElduff in Tyrone. She cannot do so now.

"It is clear she has been the recipient of serious complaints of assault from a then Sinn Féin Councillor. It is time she acted."