Irish Republican News · June 21, 2004
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SF suspends councillor

Sinn Féin has suspended one of its newly elected Dublin councillors while it purses an investigation into unspecified allegations.

A spokeswoman confirmed that Martin Christie, who topped the poll in last weekend’s local elections, was suspended from the party “without prejudice”.

The party has denied reports that the action was over public comments made by Mr Christie on the party’s European policy or his previous employment.

In a Sunday newspaper, Sinn Féin assembly member for Foyle, Mitchel McLaughlin, was quoted as saying the suspension was related to “media issues”. However, this has since been denied by the party spokeswoman, who said Mr McLaughlin was heading the disciplinary investigation.

She declined to say any more on the matter to protect Mr Christie’s personal rights.

Mr Christie, from Lucan, topped the poll in the Mulhuddart ward with nearly 2,000 votes, earning him a seat on Fingal County Council. He was elected on the first count.

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