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PUP funding revelation exposes reality of IMC

18 October, 2005

Sinn Féin Assembly member Alex Maskey has accused the British government of 'breathtaking double standards' following the revelation that the British government has imposed financial sanctions against Sinn Féin while providing ongoing funding for the PUP.

Alex Maskey said:

" Sinn Féin is opposed to the IMC and to politically motivated sanctions against democratically elected politicians. The British government has no right to discriminate against any Irish political representative.

" However the revelation that Sinn Féin was penalised while the PUP continued to receive funding confirms our view that the IMC was primarily a tool of the securocrats to be employed against Sinn Féin.

" This demonstration of double standards exposes the bad faith of the British government and an inherent pro-loyalist bias within the British system." ENDS

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