John O’Dowd: The only audit that matters to Sinn Fein is the voters…

I heard recently of an old Irish aristocrat who would never pour a drink for his guests, but instead he’d let them choose their own measures. Too little would betray caution or even distrust. Too much suggested voracity of appetite.

John O’Dowd’s response to the finding from Spotlight documentary was that Sinn Fein’s £700k research that appears never to have been done is the only auditors worth listening to is the electorate:

An interesting political angle. Telling the Assembly you are going to spend money on one thing and then spend it on something else is a clear breach both of the rules and the law.

In contrast as Miriam Lord notes of Sinn Fein’s shenanigans in the Dail yesterday…

You have to hand it to Sinn Féin, the party which likes to remind people that their colourful legacy is not up for inspection.

This leaves members free to focus on dark periods they might see in other party’s political pasts, while roundly condemning anyone who tries to shine a similar light on the murkier aspects of Sinn Féin’s past.

Whistleblowers who do not criticise the party or the republican movement are embraced. Those who dissent are not so royally entertained, as Maíria Cahill discovered.

Just because they have no legacy to stand on, doesn’t mean you can’t step on their toes. Another tour de force from Mary Lou.

Speaking of thirty year old secret bank accounts, what about all those secret property owning societies? Perhaps the voters just don’t need to know…?

The Fast Show, again… “What you doing?” “I’m nicking it”. “You can’t do that”. “I can”. “I will nick anything…”

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  • Neil

    Sinn Fein’s £700k research that appears never to have been done

    Appears never to have been done, as in, wasn’t handed over on request?

    Speaking of thirty year old secret bank accounts, what about all those secret property owning societies? Perhaps the voters just don’t need to know…?

    You mean societies that exist solely to prevent taigs from owning properties right? Ooops, sorry. Of course not. Silly me.

  • Neil

    You can’t figure it out no?

  • Dan

    The auditors that matter should be the PSNI fraud squad.

  • barnshee

    “The auditors that matter should be the PSNI fraud squad”

    Nope–the auditors who matter should be ” the tax man”

    An FOI to smoke out the alleged certificate from the” tax man” which exempts SF/ Research Ireland from tax will be a start.(Lets add that one to the dozens already unanswered)

    What unmitigated filth (all interestedly at the despised British tax payers expense)

  • Zeno3

    “What would it take to stop you voting for them?”

    I asked much the same question last week. What makes someone support a party that covers up child abuse, supported disappearing people, randomly murdering men women and children and even the horror of using human bombs?
    What would they need to do to lose support? Is there no line in the sand?

  • Dan

    He is the poster boy for sectarianism.

  • eiregain

    if no other party had members that did this your anger would be justified, however they are ALL stealing. Your anger now only highlights your partisan opinions.

  • barnshee

    “however they are ALL stealing. Your anger now only highlights your partisan opinions.”

    Please set the tax man on ALL of them — no exceptions

    I use the SF item as an example because it appears that they have a specific deal with HMG I would like this deal extended (particularly to me).

  • Zeno3

    Supporting SF isn’t going to bring about a United Ireland. They are putting more people off UI. The Nationalist vote had declined since they came to prominence.

  • Virginia

    So you have a penchant for failed policies, socialism being shot for all intents and purposes. Choices are choices, good to be honest.