Two former TDs Sinn Féin have stated that the party does not allow Dáil delegates to choose their own staff to work with them at Leinster House.
eadar Tóibín and Carol Nolan, both of whom abandoned Sinn Féin for their abortion stance five years ago, said party officials did not tell them which staff they had hired. This is a departure from the practice commonly used by most other political parties in Dáil, allowing their TDs and senators to recruit their own staff.
It comes after similar statements by Clare TD Violet- Anne Wynne, who resigned from Sinn Féin last week.
Ms. Wynne claimed Sinn Féin had “infuriated” her with “psychological warfare” and accused the party of pressuring her to hire some staff.
She further claimed that the party had not adequately provided for her during maternity leave and that they had used her “unintended pregnancy” as a “stick to hit me further”.
Mr. Tóibín, a longtime TD serving Meath West, who is now the leader of Aontú, told Irish independence: “In my day, the employee was actually chosen for me without my input in the early stages. Most of the time, the employee is selected independently of my input. That would be considered a party capacity rather than a TD.”
Mr. Tóibín was first elected to the Dáil in 2011.
Ms Nolan, an independent TD for Laois Offaly, said she took note of Ms Wynne’s comments through her own experience at Sinn Féin after she was first elected to the Dáil in 2016. “I really feel we have to take on staff, I would totally agree with her. over there. That was the same as my experience,” she said.
“When the employee was selected, I was not at the table at all, which I imagined I should be. If an employee is suggested, you should definitely sit on the interview panel. ”
Mr. Tóibín and Ms. Nolan both resigned in 2018 because of the party’s decision to support a referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment.
In her resignation statement last Thursday, Ms Wynne said: “I’m pressured by decisions that I can’t stand, such as which staff the party wants me to hire. I learned very quickly that the party is not autonomous and that the people do not follow their plans”.
Talk to Independence Sunday Last weekend, Ms Wynne said she was having trouble with the staff member the party had appointed to her and claimed that in some cases they had “ordered” the number of parliamentary questions to be appropriate. submissions and what issues she should talk about at Dáil.
A Sinn Féin spokesperson said: “All Sinn Féin TDs are responsible for the recruitment, employment and management of their employees.
“Some TDs require assistance from the party’s human resources department with advertising placements and organizing interviews. Others supervise the process themselves. This is entirely a matter of each individual TD.”
Ms. Wynne revealed on Twitter yesterday that she had received a gift bag from Ms. McDonald. She posted a photo of the gift along with what appeared to be a message she sent Ms McDonald talking about how “heartbroken” she was to have to step down. In the message, she questioned why action wasn’t taken sooner before she resigned and she was taught a lesson to “never meet your hero”.
Among other parties contacted about their recruitment practices, Fine Gael and the Social Democrats said their TDs and senators hired their own staff.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/politics/former-sinn-fein-tds-say-party-did-not-let-them-choose-staff-41405050.html Former TDs Sinn Féin says the party doesn’t allow them to choose employees