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O’Brien attacks Fianna Fáil hypocrisy on political donations

10 May, 2011 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD


Speaking in the Dáil this evening, on a Private Members’ Bill to ban political donations, Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Jonathan O’Brien said many people will be laughing at the idea of Fianna Fáil tabling this legislation when their former leader Bertie Ahern was for years at the very centre of corruption allegations.

Deputy O’Brien said:

“Over the last fourteen years has called for legislation to deal with corporate donations, yet Fianna Fáil failed to respond in a positive way to those calls.

“Over that time Fianna Fáil were the people with their hand on the wheel of power, their ability to court large business was unrivalled and their lack of morals to do so was never in question.

“The Galway tent did a roaring trade, the whip rounds in Manchester were fruitful and the golf classics were plentiful.

“I’m sure there will be people at home laughing to themselves at the idea of Fianna Fáil tabling this legislation when their former leader Bertie Ahern was for years at the very centre of corruption allegations.

“These ranged from payments from developers to mysterious amounts of sterling won on the horses, having briefcases of cash brought to him.

“Then of course there were the payments to refurbish his partner’s house, having no bank account, or no tax clearance certificate and of course the admissions of undeclared payments.

“Both he and Fianna Fáil were an embarrassment to Ireland.

“How many of the Fianna Fáil TDs proposing this legislation here tonight knew of the wrongdoings and carried on in their party in Bertie Ahern’s glory days.

“Do they even know the meaning of the word hypocrisy?” ENDS

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