Tipperary Sinn Féin are at odds this morning following the dismissal of popular and hard working Nenagh councillor, Séamie Morris. After a meeting of Sinn Féin Comhairle Ceantair in Tipperary, a vote was passed to expel Séamie Morris from the party.
The reasons behind the move are not yet clear, but the move has angered both members and fellow councillors alike. A member of Tipperary Sinn Féin, stated “As a member I’m outraged that the first I heard of this was on the news on Tipp FM today. There was no email or text sent to members and there was also no agenda sent to members in regards a vote on this issue. I find it difficult to comprehend that this issue can be dealt with in such a deplorable way when bigger issues have been brought forward to the officer board of the CC but have been swept under the carpet because it does not suit their criteria. It brings into the question of what they really think of their members.”
These sentiments were echoed by Thurles Councillor, David Doran. Speaking to Tipperary Times, Cllr Doran stated he was shocked that a party colleague would be treated in such a way without consulting the respective cumanns. “Seamie has been a stalwart of the party and has been representing the people of Nenagh brilliantly. I think the party at county level have not dealt with this in an appropriate manner and calls into question the way in which the Comhairle Ceantair in Tipperary operates. Seamie and his family have done fantastic things for the party and it’s not right that his good name is tarnished in any way following this move. I am proud to say I am the chairperson of the Robert Emmett Cumann in Thurles. As chair, I was not informed that such a vote would be taking place and this wasn’t included in the agenda. Sinn Féin in Tipperary is going from strength to strength and such behavior by the Comhairle Ceantair do not strengthen our position should we wish to win a seat at the next general election.”
Cllr Doran concluded by stating “I am proud to be a member of Sinn Fein, to be chair of our local cumann and to represent the people of Templemore Thurles Municipal District at County Council level. It is now my full intention to let my name go forward for the next election”