With a certain DUP MLA [that would be Jeffrey – Ed] pointing to one of the grey areas from the recent IMC report, namely any discreetly laundered assets, it’s worth noting the comments reported in the Irish Examiner by Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, “it’s not part of these issues, and Sinn Féin are doing their utmost to move away from these issues” [perhaps not the best person to provide a clean financial bill of health? – Ed] Links fixed – thanks John.From the Irish Examiner
However, in an interview on RTÉ Radio yesterday, Mr Ahern signalled that the two governments had moved beyond that issue.
“The issue of ill-gotten gains by any of the paramilitary groups will continue to be pursued by the proper law and order systems of the country; it’s not part of these issues, and Sinn Féin are doing their utmost to move away from these issues,” he said.
Asked if Sinn Féin had control over the proceeds, he replied: “They haven’t”.
Perhaps the IMC should return to that particular issue, or ask Bertie some questions… because they claimed not to be at all clear about what is going on with those “illegally obtained funds”..
“How the organisation itself is handling the question of previously illegally obtained funds is not entirely clear to us.”
As I said previously..
The naturally sceptical would point out that a commitment to policing would require [support for] certain actions to be taken, through the criminal justice system, against any individuals found to be involved in the exploitation of any discreetly laundered assets.. or even not so discreet..