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DUP arrogant dismissal of ‘dark money’ is unacceptable – Kearney

21 May, 2017 - by Declan Kearney

Sinn Féin National Chairperson, Declan Kearney MLA, has described the DUP leader Arlene Foster’s dismissal of public concerns over ‘dark money’ as arrogant and unacceptable.

He said:

“The DUP leader’s attempt to dismiss the ‘dark money’ donation received by that party during the Brexit campaign as a ‘reheated story’, is a stark reminder that financial scandal, in the form of RHI, NAMA and Red Sky all overshadow the political process in the north.

“Contrary to her attempt to suggest otherwise, the DUP does have questions to answer regarding the origin of this ‘dark money’ and how it was in fact used.

“It is unacceptable for the DUP to arrogantly disregard the need for transparency and accountability on this donation or contemptuously expect that the electorate should simply accept that this was a permissible donation.

“The ‘dark money’ donation and DUP’s refusal to provide a full explanation is further evidence that this party has not learned the lesson from the Assembly election that citizens here are fed up being treated with arrogance and contempt.

“The unanswered ‘dark money’ question is the latest reason why there can be no return to the status quo.

“All political parties must be seen to act with integrity. There can be no place for political corruption, institutionalised bigotry or financial ‘back-handers’ from unknown donors within our political process.

“The DUP’s receipt of funding from obscure organisations with potential associations to foreign intelligence agencies is a very serious matter and runs counter to democratic norms and appropriate public standards.” ENDS/CRÍOCH

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