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Ruane calls for transparency on political donations

24 July, 2013 - by Caitríona Ruane

Sinn Féin MLA Caitríona Ruane has reiterated the party’s call for transparency regarding donations to political parties.

The South Down MLA said:

“In the Sinn Féin submission to the review into legislation governing donations, we called for an end to the practise of keeping the identity of donors secret and that the threshold for reporting donations be lowered to £750.

“These were rejected by the British Secretary of State after lobbying from other political parties. Sinn Féin is the only party that publish our annual accounts on the party website

“Justifiable public cynicism is generated when it is perceived that political parties are not being open and transparent about their financial affairs.

“Vested interests being allowed to secretly contribute to political parties does a disservice to politics in general. It is a practice which needs to be brought to an end. 

“Sinn Fein and those who vote for us expect the highest standards from all of our public representatives and we will continue to act in an open and transparent manner with regards to our financial affairs and we would encourage the other parties to do likewise.”

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