Sinn Fein councillor and 17 activists quit party in north Antrim

A Sinn Fein councillor and 17 party activists have quit the party in north Antrim '“ Daithi McKay's former constituency.

Tuesday, 30th August 2016, 8:16 am
Updated Tuesday, 30th August 2016, 12:36 pm
Daithi McKay quit as North Antrim MLA within hours of the scandal breaking on Thursday, August 18

Details of the party members’ resignations were revealed in a statement to the Ballymena Guardian.

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The members, who are all from the area, said the resignations were a reaction to the treatment received by former MLA Mr McKay who earlier this month resigned over claims he “coached” a blogger to give evidence to a Stormont inquiry.

He said he accepted his actions were “inappropriate, ill-advised and wrong”, but had denied that his intention had been to “coach” the witness – loyalist Jamie Vryson – over his testimony.

More to follow.