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Sinn Féin Reps fund party growth

29 July, 2003

Sinn Féin Assembly Group leader, Newry Armagh representative 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 every Sinn Féin MLA is paid exactly the same salary, regardless of whether or not they are a Minister or hold any other position that attracts additional salary. 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

Note to editors

There is also some confusion around the money spent by Sinn Féin on election campaigns. The figure of money spent centrally is considerably lower than other political parties in the north as a result of how Sinn Féin is organised. Local areas fund the majority of election expenses.

The maximum donation of wages in the south that can be donated back to the party by TD's is 6,000 Euro.

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