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Reports of Sinn Féin’s Westminster expenses surface again

7 December, 2011 - by Gerry Adams TD


The stories about expenses claimed by Sinn Féin’s absentionist MPs, elected to the Westminster parliament, are old stories rehashed regularly and especially at election time in the North.
These reports only succeed in drawing attention to the fact that our elected representatives draw down only the average industrial wage and that Sinn Féin uses these expenses to deliver a first class constituency service.
We are abstentionist MPs. We are proud that we do not take an oath of allegiance to the English queen. We are elected on that basis.
Our Westminster vote has risen consistently and we are the largest nationalist party in the North because we deliver for citizens in our constituencies.
We do not attend Westminster and we do not receive MPs salaries.
As Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) and ministers and as TDs, we receive only the average industrial wage, unlike the Taoiseach who earns over €200,000 and other government ministers who earn over €150,000 or TDs who take home almost €100,000.
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