Sinn Féin fined £120,000

On one level, it’s pure farce.. but our esteemed Secretary of State, Paul Murphy, has announced that, following the IMC’s findings – Sinn Féin cannot be regarded as committed to non-violence and exclusively peaceful and democratic means so long as its links to PIRA remain as they are..” – the removal of Sinn Féin’s block Assembly grant (£120,000) will be renewed on April 29th. In response, Sinn Fein MLA Mitchel McLaughlin said Mr Murphy had “no right to discriminate against democratically elected Irish politicians”.. Mitchel forgets that Sinn Féin lost its challenge to the same decision, last year, in the High Court in Belfast.

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