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If only other parties were as open and transparent as Sinn Féin – Pat Doherty

10 May, 2009

Sinn Féin west Tyrone MP Pat Doherty has described reports in today’s ‘Sunday Telegraph’ regarding claims by Sinn Féin MPs as ‘a deliberate attempt to misrepresent the situation in the run up to an election’. He made it clear that all Sinn Féin employees receive the same industrial wage.   Speaking this afternoon Mr Doherty said,   “It is widely known that Sinn Féin MP’s travel regularly to London on Parliamentary business and utilize the accommodation that we rent when there. We do not purchase properties at public expense and therefore do not profit from the expenses claimed as of right.   Sinn Féin makes no apology for refusing to sit in the British House of Commons. The abstentionist position is the one supported by the vast majority of nationalists and republicans in the six counties. We also make no apology for ensuring that those people who vote for Sinn Féin get the same democratic entitlements as everyone else.   Sinn Féin is unique in that we are the only Political Party that voluntarily publishes our financial accounts annually in the interest of openness and transparency. If only other parties would do likewise then the public might have more confidence in their public representatives.   Sinn Féin MP’s, MLA’s, MEP’s and TD’s receive an average industrial wage. All other finance goes into providing first class constituency services for the people and the electorate. All waged members of Sinn Féin, including MP’s and Ministers, receive the same salary.   Today’s story is nothing more than a deliberate attempt by the Tory led media to misrepresent Sinn Féin in the run up to an election, no doubt in the hope that the spotlight will move away from them. Sinn Féin will not allow our open and transparent position to be misrepresented in this fashion.” CRÍOCH

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