Glenroe-based councillor Lisa Marie Sheehy who is a member of Limerick City and County Council, has resigned from Sinn Fein stating she was bullied and belittled from within the Party.
Stating that the party environment is ‘hostile and toxic’, Cllr Sheehy says there is ‘an alarming increase of intimidation within the party which amounts to nothing short of bullying’.
The 23 year-old councillor says she was ‘plotted against’ and pushed out of the party by a small number of members within, who ‘tried to break her down’.
Her resignation follows that of fellow female East Cork councillor June Murphy who resigned from the party in 2015. On hearing of the decision of Cllr Sheehy, Cllr Murphy said she isn’t a bit surprised and said she encountered similar torment.
“My concerns were not taken seriously by Sinn Fein,” said Cllr Murphy who sent a ten page document to Human Resources at Leinster Square detailing her experience of intimidation and bullying.
“It was like a slow dripping tap. They tried to make me look stupid in front of people and I felt belittled. I was brought into a room, with the people that I had accused of bullying me, and I was told to ‘move on’.
“I would call on Sinn Fein to be more open and transparent when they receive a complaint,” added Cllr Murphy.
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