Another Sinn Féin Councillor Resigns From Party

Sinn Féin has lost another councillor after it emerged on Tuesday that New Ross Town Councillor John Dwyer is resigning from the party.

Party General Secretary Dawn Doyle issued a statement describing the move as disappointing and urging him to "return his seat to the party".

Sinn Féin also adopted a similar stance last week when Dublin City Councillor Christy Burke resigned from the party.

Dublin city councillor Christy Burke resigned from Sinn Féin despite winning a council seat in the local elections.

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

At the time of Mr Burkes decision last week, Sinn Fein issued a statement saying it was disappointed by the move and accused 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 Burke had been a Sinn Fein councillor since 1999. In 1987, he spent two weeks in Mountjoy after protesting in support of traders in the city.

Mr Dwyer is a former General Election candidate who lost his seat on Wexford County Councillor at the recent local elections.


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