The Sunday Business Post (Letters page), 29 February 2004:
and Sinn Féin finance
In his latest tirade against Sinn Féin, Michael McDowell has failed (again) to
produce a scintilla of evidence of financial irregularities by SF. On the
contrary, if one examines the publications of SF or the obvious lack of wealth
of its members, it is clear that its political profile is driven by the work of
its members, not by big finance.
This is in stark contrast to his own party and his partners, Fianna Fail, some
of whose members have lavish lifestyles and some of whom have been before the
McDowell's sole `evidence' comes from secret security briefings, which,
conveniently, cannot be challenged.
Would these be the same security sources who did such a great job in
investigating the Dublin/Monaghan bombings, the killing of Seamus Ludlow, the
killing of Cllr Eddie Fullerton, etc? Maybe his `information' comes from the
PSNI, which raided the SF offices in Stormont, thus bringing down the NI
Executive, only to drop all charges related to the much hyped `Stormont Spy
It seems to me that the real reason for McDowell's outbursts, which give comfort
to Ian Paisley and anti-Agreement unionists, is the increasing number of Irish
people, north and south, who are fed up with empty promises and the corruption
of the big business-backed establishment parties.
From Sandra Sludds Dublin 11
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