Sinn Féin Leader Mary Lou McDonald has said she regrets the resignation from Sinn Féin today of Offaly TD Carol Nolan.
The party leader described Nolan's decision to resign as "disappointing but not surprising."
Carol Nolan resigned this afternoon, citing the party's position on the recent 8th Amendment referendum as a bridge too far for her as "a pro life republican woman."
She had earlier been suspended from Sinn Féin having voted against legislation allowing for that referendum to take place in May. Her suspension was due to expire this week.
Speaking this afternoon McDonald said: “I very much regret Carol’s decision to resign from Sinn Féin. Her resignation is disappointing but not surprising."
"Sinn Féin made every effort to give its members space and latitude to articulate a position contrary to the party’s position in the recent referendum campaign on Repeal of the 8th Amendment," she added.
“The people have spoken on this issue. The Sinn Féin Ard Fheis has democratically agreed the party’s position to support the forthcoming leglislation.”
“I wish Carol and her family well.”
Carol has indicated her intention to continue in the current Dáil as an independent representative but she has not yet made a statement regarding her intentions for the next general election.
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