Hayes enters debate on terrorism…

SOME plain speaking from Fine Gael’s Brian Hayes today in the Senate during the Second Stage reading of the Criminal Justice (Terrorist Offences) Bill 2002.After pointing out that the British and US governments’ attitude to terrorism, Hayes suggested some areas where sanctions might be taken against Sinn Fein.

Hayes said:

The Minister should pursue the financing of all paramilitary organisations and terrorism. Senator McHugh referred to this issue. He has evidence of money laundering in County Donegal by a paramilitary political party. It must be closed off if we are serous about this legislation. The Criminal Assets Bureau must also be employed to pursue warlords and close them down. I have received two letters from people in a town in Donegal who allege that legitimate businesses are a front for Sinn Féin-IRA to launder money and to control parts of the town. We are obliged to go after them.

I agree with other speakers in that we must co-operate with all agencies on the island of Ireland in terms of our efforts in these matters. One such matter was recently brought to my attention by the SDLP concerning the electoral returns office in Northern Ireland and our own public offices commission in terms of the scrutiny of expenditure by some political parties during election time.