Sinn Fein councillor and 17 activists quit party in north Antrim

Daithi McKay quit as North Antrim MLA within hours of the scandal breaking on Thursday, August 18
Daithi McKay quit as North Antrim MLA within hours of the scandal breaking on Thursday, August 18

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

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

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.