New Sinn Fein TD refuses to pay €12k in rent arrears to homeless charity despite being elected to €96k-a-year job
A SINN Fein TD has refused to pay back €12,000 in rent arrears to a homeless charity — despite just being elected to a €96,000 a year job.
Violet-Anne Wynne was evicted from social housing for a failure to pay €63 a week over four years.
The Clare TD was in housing provided by non-profit organisation Rural Regeneration Ireland, which encourages city people to move to the country to help rural economies.
The Kilrush-based politician claimed the person who decided to publicise information about her court case with RRI was “politically motivated” to harm her campaign.
Ms Wynne, a graduate from Trinity College Dublin, said she had a falling-out with the organisation and didn’t pay up because of family health problems.
RRI, which folded last year because of a lack of funding, was forced to take Ms Wynne to court for not paying her rent. Deputy Wynne, her partner and three children left after a judge granted an eviction order in 2016.
Today, RRI founder Jim Connolly proposed that Wynne make a €12,000 donation to a homeless charity in view of the fact she will now earn an annual salary of €96,189.
He said: “Violet Anne Wynne is now going to be a legislator in the Dail and I believe a legislator should comply with the law”.
It emerged today that Ms Wynne also has expressed strong opposition to the HPV and other vaccinations.
In a series of social media comments, she criticised the HSE for suggesting there was no scientific evidence that vaccines were unsafe.
Asked about Wynne’s anti-vaxxer comments, Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald said she did not agree with her deputy and said: “Vaccinations are an essential part of public health and we urge everybody to be vaccinated.”
Tonight Wynne said her past comments about HPV vaccines were old remarks and do not reflect her current views or Sinn Féin policy.