Sinn Féin councillor reveals he considered taking his own life after being expelled from party in Tipperary
A SINN Féin councillor has told how he "considered ending it all" after being expelled from the party branch in Tipperary.
Seamus Morris said he was in a "very dark place" after being allegedly subjected to a "whispering campaign" following clashes with party officials over a local dispute.
He said Sinn Féin only wanted "party disciples" and did not appreciate "free-speaking" members.
He said he was speaking out in support of Limerick Sinn Féin councillor Lisa Marie Sheehy, after she quit the party earlier this week amidst bullying claims.
"I myself have been victim of an intense nine-month hate campaign of harassment and slander taking me to a very dark place where I considered ending it all, and it can be a very lonely place indeed", he told the Tipperary Star.
Mr Morris was expelled from the Tipperary Comhairle Ceanntar last June, amid claims he had not been co-operating with them. He said the issue affected him mentally and he spent time in hospital following the stress of the ordeal.
Mr Morris also revealed Ms Sheehy - the party's youngest councillor - had contacted him over what she claimed was happening to her within Sinn Féin.
She announced on social media earlier this week that she had quit over what she was claims was "bullying within the party".
"The loss of Cllr Lisa Marie Sheehy is, in my opinion, unforgivable and makes me wonder has the party the skills to conduct these reviews, investigations, particularly ones that have claims of bullying," he said.
A Sinn Féin spokesperson said: "We are not aware of any whispering campaign against Seamie.
"We are currently dealing with the issues that he has raised with us and Seamie has participated in that process."
"Seamie remains a Sinn Féin member and councillor."