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Detectives raid home of ex Sinn Fein councillor in north Dublin

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Gardai have raided the home of a former Sinn Fein councillor who quit the party last year amid allegations of bullying.

Jonathan Dowdall’s Navan Road home was raided by investigators this morning and searches are continuing at the premises this afternoon.

Jonathan Dowdall

The semi-detached property has five CCTV cameras on the front, electric gates and an intercom system, and a 141 D registered BMW 5 Series in the driveway.

Senior sources said former Sinn Fein councillor Jonathan Dowdall lives at the house. Mr Dowdall quit the party last year and later claimed it was because he was bullied

Mr Dowdall, who is in his mid 30s, first said he was leaving Sinn Fein in September of 2014 for health reasons, before later agreeing to stay on.

He finally quit the party - and the city council - in February 2015.

He said he was bullied by unnamed party members.

Today, plain clothes detectives could be seen coming from and going at his home throughout the morning and into the early afternoon, although there was no visible presence of Gardai  on the road outside.

Mr Dowdall, a father-of-four, was a councillor in the north inner city, which is also represented by Sinn Fein deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald.

After he left Sinn Fein, Ms McDonald denied that he had brought the bullying claims to the attention of the party.