A Naas councillor has 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claims four additional members of the Wolfe Tone Cumann in Naas are also leaving, and a further two members have withdrawn from local structures but will remain as card carrying members of the party.
In response to a request from Kfm for a statement on the matter, a Sinn Féin spokesperson said:
"We acknowledge that there are difficulties present in the area which we are working to address.
"We wish Sorcha all the best in the future."