09/06/2009

Newly Elected Councillor Quits Sinn Fein

Dublin city councillor Christy Burke has resigned from Sinn Féin despite winning a council seat in last week's election.

Mr Burke has been a Sinn Féin member for 40 years and a councillor for the party for 25 years.

Sinn Fein has issued a statement saying it is disappointed by the move and accuses Mr Burke of going against a commitment he made to Sinn Fein when he was endorsed as a candidate for the local elections.

Chairperson of Dublin Sinn Féin Aengus Ó Snodaigh said: "He has been a republican activist all of his life and is recognised for his contribution. He should now honour the commitment that he made only weeks ago and return what is a Sinn Féin seat to the party."

Mr Ó Snodaigh said Mr Burke should honour the commitment he made to the party and resign his council seat.

Mr Burke has been a Sinn Fein councillor since 1999. In 1987, he spent two weeks in Mountjoy after protesting in support of traders in the city.

(DW/JM)

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