Sinn Fein Councillor admits allegations of bullying have damaged relationships within party locally

Sinn Fein’s general election candidate for Longford Westmeath has admitted that recent allegations over bullying in the party has strained relationships among colleagues.

Mullingar’s Sorca Clarke was the only nominee for the party to contest Saturday’s convention, after Athlone Councillor Paul Hogan claimed he refused to allow his name to be put forward due to ongoing issues he has within the party regarding allegations he made about alleged bullying earlier this year.

Ms Clarke won her local authority seat in 2014 and will be hoping to enhance the party’s election performance from the last election when councillor Hogan missed out on a Dail seat to Labour’s Willie Penrose following the six day so-called ‘Battle of Kenagh’.

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She told Let’s Talk that it’s natural that due to the allegations made against the party, some relationships have been damaged