Sinn Féin's finance spokesperson has said comments made by Peadar Tóibín about the Oireachteas committee examining the Eighth Amendment do not reflect the party's position.

Speaking on RTÉ’s The Week in Politics, Mr Tóibín criticised the balance of both members and witnesses giving testimony to the committee and he said he was disappointed.

Pearse Doherty has said the party's upcoming Ard Fheis would take a vote on whether TDs and senators would get a free vote on the issue of abortion.

When asked if party leader Gerry Adams had spoken to Mr Tóibín about his comments, Mr Doherty said he did not know but said there would be a group meeting about the issue.

Eight motions on the Eighth Amendment and abortion will be debated during the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis this weekend.

The majority of motions favour repealing the Eighth Amendmant, two call for a free vote, and one call for the retention of the Eighth Amendment.

However, the Ard Comhairle motion is in favour of repealing the amendment and holding a referendum without delay.

Separately, the Ard Comharile has put down a motion about Sinn Féin entering government which does not make it a pre-condition that it is the largest party.

This is a change from previous years.

Meanwhile, Mr Doherty also said that there was no culture of bullying in Sinn Féin, saying some councillors had walked away but others had been expelled.