SINN Fein has said it is suspending all party activity and structures in Dublin South-West after Paddy Holohan was nominated for mayor of South Dublin County Council.
The party is to carry out a review of the decision taken by some of its councillors to nominate the former MMA fighter for the role earlier this month.
Cllr Holohan was suspended from the party for five months after it emerged during the general election campaign that he had made comments about Leo Varadkar on his ‘No Shame’ podcast which party leader Mary Lou McDonald described as “beyond vile”.
However, he was put forward for the position of mayor by fellow Sinn Féin councillors, in a move that more senior parliamentary members within the party said they were unaware of.
Deputy Eoin Ó Broin said he was surprised that Holohan was chosen and that he felt it was the “wrong decision”.
He said: “I have to say I was very surprised he was put forward. Paddy received a five-month suspension for his comments which were offensive and don’t reflect our party policy.”
The party has requested all its members in the Dublin South West Constituency not to hold any meetings or to engage in political activity there until further notice.