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Cathy Bennett could be re-admitted to Sinn Féin in three months

Aug 28, 2020 16:08 By News Northern Sound
Cathy Bennett could be re-admitted to Sinn Féin in three months Cathy Bennett could be re-admitted to Sinn Féin in three months
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Monaghan Councillor Cathy Bennett could regain the Sinn Féin whip in three months. The party removed the whip today after Councillor Bennett and her

Monaghan Councillor Cathy Bennett could regain the Sinn Féin whip in three months.

The party removed the whip today after Councillor Bennett and her family travelled to Lanzarote for a holiday - against public health advice.

They self-isolated at a holiday home in Donegal on their return but many have questioned why they travelled to Spain when travel is not recommended.

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Councillor Bennett has apologised.

Sinn Féin leader in Monaghan Councillor Brian McKenna today confirmed the party whip has been removed on the recommendation of the party's National Councillors Forum.

However, local TD Matt Carthy confirmed on The Wider View today that Councillor Bennett could be readmitted in as little as three months:

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Meanwhile, Independent Monaghan Councillor Paudge Connolly is yet to comment a week after it was revealed he broke quarantine guidelines by attending the Oireachtas Golf Society event in Galway.

Councillor Connolly took part in a golf competition in Alicante on August 11th - eight days before the Galway event.

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People returning to Ireland from Spain are required to self-isolate for 14 days.

Statement by Cllr. Brian McKenna, Sinn Féin group leader on Monaghan County Council

Speaking today, Cllr. Brian McKenna has said:

“On foot of a recommendation from the Sinn Féin National Councillors Forum, I have today withdrawn the Sinn Féin whip from Cllr. Cathy Bennett.

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“Cathy breached party guidance and public health advice regarding international travel. She is deeply sorry for her actions and I know that she is sincere in her apologies and regret. However, it is vitally important that elected representatives show leadership in respecting the necessary public health advice so that we can collectively tackle Covid-19.

“I know that this move will add further embarrassment to Cathy and her family but I also know she will accept this sanction in recognition of her mistake and the hurt that has been caused to members of the public.”

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