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I DARE say Lucinda Creighton is right about who Fine Gael accepts money from and that the party should return any money it receives from developers with NAMA connections.
However, rightly or wrongly, Fine Gael is obliged to play by the rules of the game as they are now until it returns to government and can change them.
In the meantime, if Ms Creighton is so concerned by “cute hoor” politics, no one is stopping her from leading from the front and setting an example for her FG colleagues by publishing the actual receipts she used when compiling her expenses. She might also provide a proper audited account of how she funded her election campaign and funds the constituency organisation of Fine Gael in Dublin South East. How many times have we heard Oireachtas members defend the indefensible in the same way as Enda Kenny defended FG taking corporate donations with the weasel words of “we broke no rules and did nothing wrong”?
At the same time he also made the astounding claim that FG is beholden to no one, which is of course a patent nonsense because no one makes a corporate donation to an Irish political party without expecting something in return.
We know Irish politics doesn’t operate on that basis, otherwise we wouldn’t be in the mess we are in now.
If FG really does have nothing to hide then why doesn’t it publish honest, truthful accounts of how it is funded and its expenses (to the last cent) and in particular, how it cleared €2 million plus of debt between 1994 and 1997.
At the moment, not one single Oireachtas member, from any party or none, publishes the actual receipts to prove the amounts they claim were incurred, and we’re expected to believe Enda Kenny is going to tackle the powerful vested interests in the public and private sector who have so much to lose by any reform, when he can’t even make his own party colleagues publish receipts for their expenses the way MPs in Westminster have to.
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