Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh quits Sinn Féin

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In a shock announcement this afternoon, Galway West senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh has quit Sinn Féin, citing ‘unacceptable behaviour’ against him as the reason behind his decision.

Senator Ó Clochartaigh has been a senator since 2011 and a member of Sinn Féin since 2009, after being a member of the Labour Party for 12 years.

He was elected to the Seanad twice, but is now expected to run in the next general election as an independent candidate.

Ó Clochartaigh was in Barcelona recently as an observer of the disputed independence referendum.

Sinn Féin are yet to make a statement on Ó Clochartaigh’s resignation.

More to follow…