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Sinn Féin representatives fund party growth

26 July, 2004

Sinn Féin Assembly Group leader, Newry Armagh MLA Conor Murphy commenting on the publication of party finances by the Electoral Commission has said that a significant proportion of the salaries of all elected representatives goes towards funding party growth.

Mr Murphy said:

"Across Ireland paid Sinn Féin elected representatives donate a considerable proportion of their salaries to fund party growth. Within the Assembly team every Sinn Féin MLA is paid exactly the same salary based on the average industrial wage. Our MLA's return at least 40% of their salary to fund party growth. This has generated over £300,000 in the north to deliver top quality constituency services, to fund party growth and build the agenda for Irish reunification.

"This commitment to the development of Sinn Féin from elected representatives is unique in Irish politics and is a demonstration of the commitment of all our representatives." ENDS

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