'She made a mistake' - Sinn Féin's Laois TD speaks about Carol Nolan's resignation

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'She made a mistake' - Sinn Féin's Laois TD releases statement after Carol Nolan's resignation

'She made a mistake' - Sinn Féin's Laois TD releases statement after Carol Nolan's resignation

Laois Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley has said his former party colleague Carol Nolan "made a mistake in voting in the Dail last March against allowing the public to have their say in a Referendum on the 8th Amendment."

His statement comes justs days after Offaly TD Nolan left Sinn Féin citing a disagreement over the party's support for abortion as her reason.

Responding to the resignation, Stanley said, "it is with deep disappointment to me that Carol has resigned from Sinn Fein. Carol was a valued colleague in the party and I have always had a good working relationship with her since she joined 6 years ago."

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"However I think she made a mistake in voting in the Dail last March against allowing the public to have their say in a Referendum on the 8th Amendment. I also think she made a mistake in resigning from the party," he added.

Speaking about the issue central to Nolan's resignation, Stanley said, "the reality is that repealing the 8th amendment was contained in the Sinn Fein manifesto for the general election 2016 as it had been for over two decades."

"The mandate we were given from the people of Laois/Offaly when we were elected as TDs was based on that. We also have to respect the mandate given to us in the recent Referendum and legislate for limited access to abortion," he continued.

"For the 5th time the Sinn Fein membership assembled at an Ard Fheis, democratically decided last week that our TDs should vote in line with party policy on this matter," the Laois deputy explained.

"TDs are given a mandate by the electorate and the party, to represent them in the Dail. We are not there to represent ourselves."

"I want to wish Carol and her family all the best in the future," Stanley concluded.

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