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Ruane calls for increased transparency in the political system

5 September, 2013 - by Caitríona Ruane

Sinn Féin’s Chief  Whip at the Assembly, Caitriona Ruane MLA, has reiterated the party’s call for increased transparency within the political system. 

Speaking today Ms Ruane said: 

“Elected representatives have a duty to maintain high standards in carrying out their roles and responsibilities.    

"There is a clear need for increased transparency right across the political spectrum with respect to payments to and by politicians, party funding in general including donations to parties.    

"Anything less undermines trust in the political process and the credibility of the political institutions. 

"The use of public funds by MLA's to employ family members or commission services from companies in which they or family members have an interest is unacceptable and should cease.

"If parties or individual MLA's are not prepared to abide by the correct standards then the rules which govern party financing should be strengthened to make it mandatory that they do so.

"And the rules on transparency should also be amended to require parties to declare who party donors are. There should be no secret donations.

"A refusal by some within the political process to adhere to proper standards tarnishes the entire political process and feeds mistrust.  

"We need to confront this refusal if we are to restore and protect the integrity of the political process."

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