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Peadar Tóibín returning to Sinn Féin after six-month suspension

The Meath West deputy expects to be back in the party by the end of the month.

Peadar Tóibín
Peadar Tóibín
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SINN FÉIN HAS confirmed that Peadar Tóibín’s suspension from the party has ended with the Meath West TD to be formally readmitted by the end of the month.

Tóibín was suspended from Sinn Féin in July of last year after he voted against the party on the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill.

A party spokesperson confirmed today his period of suspension has ended but the deputy said it would be a few days until he is readmitted.

“I am looking forward to being back in the party by the end of the month. I genuinely want to get back in,” he told TheJournal.ie this evening.

Tóibín is strongly pro-life and has previously said the abortion legislation passed last July is not based on medical evidence. He has also described the Supreme Court decision in the X case as “historic and archaic”.

In the wake of Colm Keaveney’s recruitment by Fianna Fáil last month, Tóibín confirmed that he too had been the subject of a head-hunting approach by Micheál Martin’s party, but said that he refused the request.

Peadar Tóibín: Fianna Fáil approached me, but I want to rejoin Sinn Féin

Previously: Gerry Adams issues discipline warning as one Sinn Féin TD rejects abortion law

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