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Ó Caoláin refutes Minister Ahern’s ludicrous Dáil claims

15 October, 2008

Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has described media reports claiming that Sinn Féin had lost hundreds of millions of euros in the American financial crisis as completely false and the work of fiction.

He described references to the story by Justice Minister Dermot Ahern in the Dáil today as typical of that Deputy's tendency for gutter jibes across the chamber.

He said, "This story has emanated from a particular journalist with a reputation for writing anti-republican and fictional stories. This particular story is completely false and absolutely ludicrous.

"Sinn Féin is the only political party in the state which actually publishes its audited accounts as we did this year in August. These accounts received significant media attention.

"We will not take any lectures from Dermot Ahern who is a Minister in a Government that refuses to legislate to oblige all political parties to publish their accounts on an annual basis.

"Minister Ahern's tendency for gutter jibes across the Dáil chamber has again resulted in the squandering of his speaking time when he should be explaining to the most vulnerable people in this state why they have to pick up the tab for the incompetence of his Government." ENDS

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