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.

  • aquifer

    Better pay the other parties £120,000 for being kept waiting for the RM to engage democratically. Real political parties run on the voluntary efforts of members which is a real cost to their communities and families.

  • Pat Mc Larnon

    I believe the Iraq prisoners who had British soldiers dancing all over their heads didn’t think the British Government was ‘committed to non violence’. Unfortunately as the British and Americans make off with their oil they are in no position to impose financial sanctions on the British Government that includes Paul Murphy.

  • aquifer

    Under the totalitarian militarist Saddam the looters would have been dead in a pit.

  • Circles

    To aquifer –
    Yes thats true (and it was wrong).
    Today the (Anglo-)American looters have taken over control of the worlds second largest oil reserves, and young, soldiers, out of their heads with fear of the unknown trample over the civilian population, shoot at released hostages, humiliate prisoners – ach you get the picture. That is just as wrong.

    A comparison to Iraq here is daft – but this “punishment” administered by the British Government on an Irish political party on the basis of what still remain to be pure speculation and allegation is equally as daft.

  • mickhall

    Sinn Fein is a legal political party, if you penalise it in this way what is happening in reality is that SFs elected officials are unable to work fully on their constituent’s behalf. In other words such sanctions penalise those who vote for SF as much as the party itself. This cannot be right. If SF breaks the law the government should ban it, as they know it does not directly do so, then it should stop trying to ban SF by the back door. All democrats should oppose sanctions such as these against SF, if they do not, I suggest they go away and read a certain poem by Pastor Martin Niemoller .

  • DessertSpoon

    “Sinn Fein is a legal political party, if you penalise it in this way what is happening in reality is that SFs elected officials are unable to work fully on their constituent’s behalf.”

    All the other Political parties are also legal and I consider the activities of the IRA (who are percieved to be linked to Sinn Fein whether people like it or not) have prevented them from being able to work fully on their Constituents behalf too because of the political impasse it has caused and not for the first time either.