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McDonald seeks corrections from news outlets to untrue story on stationery claim

23 May, 2016 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald has said reports that she asked for 576 highlighter pens from the Oireachtas stationery stores in the last month of the last Dáil are incorrect and that she is seeking corrections from publications that have run the story.

Deputy McDonald said her office has sought clarity from the stationary stores and the actual amount of highlighter pens she received was four packets of 12 at a cost of less than €5.

Speaking today, Deputy McDonald said;

“When this story came to my attention, I immediately thought there must be a mistake and I relayed this to the publication that originally contacted me about it.  I also told them that I would be contacting the Oireachtas stationery stores on Monday to clarify the matter.

“The publication went ahead with the story regardless, and today, I have clarified with the Oireachtas stationery stores that the story is untrue.

“My office had in actual fact requested four packets of 12 highlighter pens at a cost of less than €5.

“The Sinn Féin Press Office has now contacted the publication and others who have lifted the story to seek a correction and I am also seeking an apology from those who have published untruths about me.” 

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