A Naas councillor has this morning confirmed that she is resigning from Sinn Fein, claiming the party environment in Kildare is "a very hostile and toxic place".
In a statement issued to Kfm, Cllr Sorcha O'Neill claims four additional members of the Wolfe Tone Cumann in Naas are also leaving, and a further two members have withdrawn from local structures but will remain as card carrying members of the party.
Councillor O'Neill added that she "loves Sinn Fein and will continue to fight for an Ireland of equals, but the party environment in Kildare is a very hostile and toxic place to work in.
"We will not continue to allow the members in Naas to be bullied, disrespected and undermined by a select few members in Kildare."
Councillor O'Neill was first elected to Kildare County Council in 2014.
She spoke to Shane Beatty on this morning's edition of Kildare Today: