Update: Nenagh councillors wish Cllr Seamus Morris the best following split from Sinn Fein

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Update: Nenagh councillors wish Cllr Seamus Morris the best following split from Sinn Fein

Cllr Seamus Morris

Former Sinn Fein Cllr Seamus Morris has been wished well by his colleagues on Nenagh Municipal District Council following his decision to resign from the party.

Cllr Morris resigned earlier this month after a nine-month dispute with Sinn Fein over its failure to handle what he called a "whispering campaign" against him that had gone on since the 2016 general election.

The party denied this and said it had investigated the complaints fully and found them to be unsubstantiated.

They further claimed that complaints had been made against Cllr Morris but he chose to leave the party rather than answer them.

“He has been through a lot,” said Cllr Hughie McGrath at Nenagh Municipal District Council. “I wish him well.”

Cllr McGrath said Cllr Morris had gone through the period "with dignity and with his head up".

He hoped Cllr Morris, was "now in a better place" and that what had happened made him stronger.

Cllr Morris has spoken in the past about the effects the campaign were having on his health and his family.

Nenagh MDC Cathaoirleach Cllr John Carroll agreed with Cllr McGrath's comments and said: “It is behind him now. I wish him the very best.”

Cllr Morris did not respond to the councillors' good wishes.

Meanwhile, Sinn Fein has not yet responded to a query from the Tipperary Star as to whether or not it thought Cllr Morris should step down from Tipperary County Council now that he no longer represents the party and was elected under the Sinn Fein ticket.

Cllr Morris received over 1,700 first preference votes in the 2014 local elections.

The party was asked if he should resign from the council and allow Sinn Fein's remaining four councillors co-opt a Sinn Fein member to the council.