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Adams commends Brexit protesters and calls on DUP to reveal funding it received for Brexit campaign

18 February, 2017 - by Gerry Adams TD


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD is in South Antrim today, canvassing in the constituency with party candidate and Sinn Féin Chairperson Declan Kearney.

Speaking in Toome, the Sinn Féin leader praised the actions of those who this morning protested on the border at the likely damaging impact of Brexit.

Gerry Adams said:

“The Irish Government needs to clarify as a matter of urgency whether it is preparing contingency plans for border posts and checkpoints as a result of Brexit. During the week, we received conflicting information on this from the Taoiseach and Minister for Finance. There is huge concern from Louth to Donegal and Derry about the impact of a hard border on local communities, jobs, and trade.”

Speaking also on the allegations from within the DUP of corruption arising from the RHI scandal, the Sinn Féin leader revealed that Sinn Féin will be publishing a document on Monday to tackle corruption, as well as the lack of accountability and transparency around party funding titled ‘Integrity in Government’.

Gerry Adams said:

“The scandal over the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme has rocked public confidence in the political institutions. Restoring that confidence must be a priority for every political party in this election. There can be no place for allegations of corruption and malpractice. 

“On Monday, Sinn Féin will launch robust proposals for achieving this. They will address the issues of political donations, lobbying, conflict of interests, and whistleblowing.

“The Assembly election is an opportunity to resolve outstanding issues arising from the Good Friday and subsequent negotiations, but also to put in place legislation and mechanisms to ensure that the integrity of the political process is above reproach.”

The Sinn Féin leader today also urged the DUP to “address the widespread concerns about the funding of its Brexit campaign. The people of the North voted to remain in the referendum last June. The majority of citizens recognised the significant economic and political damage leaving the EU will create for farmers, local communities, jobs, and trade.

“In this context, citizens have a right to know who funded the DUP campaign, how and where that money was spent, and how much is involved? The DUP should not hide behind the electoral commission. The party should release this information now. The fact are strict rules around corporate sponsorship and there can be no place for anyone attempting to get around those rules.” 

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