Sinn Fein lifts suspension on local councillor

Sinn F�in councillor Colin Kelly. (1211MM01)
Sinn F�in councillor Colin Kelly. (1211MM01)

Sinn Fein have lifted their suspension of a recently elected member of Derry City Council who was at the centre of an assault probe.

Colin Kelly, one of the youngest Sinn Fein public representatives in Northern Ireland, was suspended by the party during the summer while an internal investigation was carried out by party officials.

At the time, Derry Sinn Fein chairperson Andrew McCartney confirmed that Mr Kelly had been suspended following an allegation of assault by a member of the public. However, in a statement on Friday, Mr McCartney announced that Councillor Kelly would be resuming his duties on Derry City Council.

Mr McCartney said: “In July an allegation of assault was made by a member of the public against Councillor Colin Kelly. Sinn Féin takes any allegation of misconduct against party members extremely seriously and acts accordingly.

“Following on from this allegation, party procedures were implemented and Colin was suspended without prejudice from participation in all party activity pending the outcome of any police investigation.

“In the absence of any police investigation the party has dealt with the complaint as an internal party disciplinary matter and that process has now concluded.”

Councillor Kelly was elected in the cityside ward in the May 2011 elections, having previously been co-opted by the party.