Foreign friends, loopholes and loot

Foreign friends, loopholes and loot
Elaine Byrne

Are foreigners who donate to Sinn Féin in the North freeing the party financially to fund itself in the south?

Is Sinn Féin gaming the loopholes on political donation rules that govern two different jurisdictions? Are the discrepancies between these two separate sets of rules enabling Sinn Féin to circumvent legislation? Is the extraordinary rise in the party’s support partially due to its ability to access greater financial resources?

Welcome, reader, to farcical and meaningless rules that govern political money in our democracy. The transparency value of the Irish donation system is...

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