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Standards in Public Office figures give a misleading impression

2 June, 2005

Responding to the latest political donations statement from the Standards in Public Office Commission Sinn Féin TD Séan Crowe said, "The Standards in Public Office figures give a false and misleading impression of the amount of donations received by political parties in this State - and clearly that was the intention of the legislation when it was drawn up by the establishment parties.

"Does anybody seriously believe that Fianna Fáil only received €43,000 last year or that Fine Gael or the Labour Party received no money at all -- because if you read this statement on face value that's what you could be forgiven for thinking. The €5000 threshold over which you have to declare a donation is far too high. Sinn Féin believes all donations over a couple of hundred Euros should be disclosed in the public interest.

"Sinn Féin has taken the lead in this by publishing our complete accounts on an annual basis. All other parties should do the same -- so that we can judge how much money is actually received by the likes of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael.

"It should also be noted that all of Sinn Féin's listed donations came from the salaries of our elected representatives who in keeping with party policy donate the maximum amount permissible under the current legislation back to the party. That is an indication of the level of commitment our elected representatives have to both the party and the communities they serve." ENDS

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