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Decision to remove MP's allowances 'is as predictable as it is undemocratic'

10 March, 2005


Sinn Féin Newry Armagh MLA Conor Murphy speaking from London has said that the decision to remove allowances from Sinn Féin's four MPs is as predictable as it is undemocratic.

Mr Murphy said:

"Republicans were challenged to take our analysis to the electorate. We did so and as a result Sinn Fein is the largest pro-agreement party in the north and the third biggest party on the island of Ireland. The response of the establishment, North and South, is to move the goal posts and introduce undemocratic sanctions against Sinn Féin, which are based on unfounded allegations.

"It is no surprise that the British parliament should attack and discriminate against an Irish republican political party which challenges it right to rule part of our country.

"The decision today is a further attack not just on Sinn Féin and our political mandate but also on the people we represent.

"Sinn Fein will continue to resist all attempts to disenfranchise Sinn Féin and the hundreds and thousands of people we represent. We will continue to argue and promote Irish reunification and will continue to represent people from communities marginalised by the establishment." ENDS

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