Scrutiny of government political party donations more revealing – O’ Brien
Sinn Féin National Treasurer Jonathon O’ Brien has defended the fundraising efforts of Friends of Sinn Féin, the American wing of Sinn Féin, details of which were in the published in the Irish Times today.
The Cork North Central TD said;
“Sinn Féin has consistently called for the highest levels of transparency in the funding of political parties. With regard to Friends of Sinn Féin in the America all the accounts and donations are publically available and the transparency of the returns exceeds the legal requirements.
“The vast majority of money raised in the US stays in the states to promote the peace process and the cause of Irish Unity.
“American involvement has been central to the peace process. Ireland is the only place that has had a consistent presence of an American peace envoy stretching from George Mitchell (who brokered the Good Friday Agreement) through to most recently Gary Harte.
“The story in the Irish Times details 20 years of fundraising. The very transparency of our fundraising has made evaluation easy. But I would ask why couldn’t the same level of scrutiny be brought to bear on 20 years of fundraising Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil?
“Let’s not forget those 192 individuals who owe the state 62 billion in banking debt. What portion of those individuals donated to Fine Gael or Fianna Fáil parties in the past two decades?
“I look forward to five pages of coverage in the Irish Times dedicated to the funding of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil, which no doubt would prove less transparent, but far more revealing."