Sinn Fein suspends councillor pending probe

Matt Britton

Reporter:

Matt Britton

In the aftermath of a recent court case where a town councillor was cleared of assault, the chairperson of Sinn Féin for Connaught/Ulster yesterday confirmed that the councillor in question had been suspended from the party for the duration of an internal party investigation.

In the aftermath of a recent court case where a town councillor was cleared of assault, the chairperson of Sinn Féin for Connaught/Ulster yesterday confirmed that the councillor in question had been suspended from the party for the duration of an internal party investigation.

The chairperson of Connaught/Ulster Sinn Féin, Eamon Nolan confirmed yesterday evening that Ballyshannon Town Councillor, Rosaleen Branley has been suspended from the party due to “possible breaches of Sinn Féin’s code of conduct”.

Mr Nolan said, “After noting comments made by the judge at the recent court hearing, which highlighted pos sible breaches of Sinn Féin’s code of conduct, Cllr Branley has been suspended without prejudice, pending an internal investigation into the alleged incident.

“The outcome of this investigation will be made known in due course.”

Cllr. Branley, who was charged with assault at a recent sitting of Ballyshannon District Court, following what was described

by the presiding Judge as a “vicious row”, had the charges against her dismissed.

Prior to dismissing the charge, because of a conflict of evidence, Judge Kevin Kilrane stated that in his view the only

innocent person before the court was the man who had been kicked and punched about the head.

He further described the councillor’s evidence as “nonsense and not credible”.

Attempts by this newspaper to contact Cllr. Branley for a comment on the decision by her party were unsuccessful.