Sunday 23 October 2016

Gerry Adams will have 'no problem' publishing his tax returns in wake of Panama papers - Sinn Féin TDs

Published 13/04/2016 | 15:00

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams. Photo: Tom Burke
Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams. Photo: Tom Burke

SINN Fein TDs have said party president Gerry Adams will have “no problem” publishing his tax returns in the wake of the Panama papers scandal.

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Sinn Fein’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness yesterday published his tax return along with the leaders of the main political parties in the UK.

Mr McGuinness’s move follows calls in Britain for more transparency on tax paid by politicians after Prime Minister David Cameron’s father’s name emerged in the leak of documents from an off-shore legal firm.

Today, Sinn Fein’s Waterford TD David Cullinane said he believed Mr Adams would also be happy to publish his tax return.

“I’m sure Gerry would have no problem whatsoever in publishing his tax returns because obviously we believe in transparency,” Mr Cullinane said.

His comments were echoed by Fingal TD Louise O’Reilly who said: “I’m sure Gerry won’t have any problem at all but you have to put that question to him.”

Mr Cullinane also said it is “not unhealthy” for democracy for Mr Adams to remain leader of Sinn Fein for more than 30 years.

Mr Adams is expected to run uncontested for the leadership at the Sinn Fein ard fheis in two weeks.

Mr Cullinane said there is no lack of ambition among Sinn Fein’s younger TDs despite no member of the party putting their name forward for the leadership vote.

“The difference is and I think some people in the media just can’t understand we are not like any other party where it isn’t about personal ambitions,” he said.

“It isn’t about who wants to advance in the party for their own game or their careers,” he added.

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