Cllr David Doran
Thurles Sinn Fein councillor David Doran has descibed the decision by his party colleague Cllr Seamus Morris to quit SF as “regrettable”.
Cllr Doran said: “I respect his decision. I wish he and his family the very best for the future.”
He hoped they would still work together on Tipperary County Council.
However, he said he wanted to make it clear that “at no time did I experience bullying” in his 23 years in the party.
Among the reasons given by Cllr Morris for resigning from Sinn Fein was that he felt he was being bullied and that there had been a “whispering campaign” against him over an internal dispute.
However, Cllr Doran told the Tipperary Star that while allegations of bullying had been bandied about, “I have never said anything about bullying and I have never been bullied”.
The chair of the Thurles SF cumann said that issues raised by Cllr Morris and himself and others had been dealt with.
“They may not have been rectified but they are being dealt with,” he said.
Cllr Doran revealed that party officials had met last Friday and he was hopeful that a “satisfactory” resolution to issues could be found and “we can all work together”.
He was not aware of any plan for the Tipperary Comhairle Ceanntair to meet in the near future.
In relation to a leaflet campaign against Cllr Morris during which posters were put up around Nenagh and flyers dropped around the town which contained unsubstantiated and vile claims about Cllr Morris, he said: “I couldn't identify with any republican who had hand, act or part in that. It was despicable for an honourable man like Cllr Morris to be subjected to.”
However, he “hadn't a clue” where the posters came from.
“I don't believe for one minute that any party activist would have anything to do with that,” he said. “You couldn't get any lower.”
Cllr Doran recalled that he and Cllr Morris were first elected to the then Tipperary North County Council in 2004, and said it was a proud day for Cllr Morris.
“He served the party well and was proud to be a Sinn Fein councillor and Mayor of his home town,” said Cllr Doran.
He also pointed out that there had been a lot of goodwill towards Cllr Morris in the Thurles area in the 2016 general election.
Cllr Doran said it was now time for the party to refocus and regroup to deliver a Sinn Fein TD for Tipperary in any upcoming general election.