Jim Cusack : Shinner abuses the system, but doesn't explain
Aengus O Snodaigh's use of €50,000 of ink in two years is not the first time the Dublin TD has embarrassed his party, writes Jim Cusack
Published 04/03/2012 | 05:00
HE HAS spawned a spate of jokes linking the word 'cartridge' to Sinn Fein and if there is one thing that New Sinn Fein's activist TDs really hate it is to be laughed at or mocked as "just as bad as the rest of them".
But Aengus O Snodaigh's liberal use of €50,000 worth of printer cartridges between 2007 and 2008, which he obtained from the Dail stores without having to account for them, means that the Shinners are, for once, regarded not as "just as bad" as the rest of them when it comes to abusing taxpayer-funded privileges, but in this case a whole lot worse.
Nor has O Snodaigh, 47 -- or, indeed, his political master Gerry Adams -- explained where the ink cartridges actually went. So where did the cartridges go? Or, to echo Gerry Adams's phrase about the IRA, "they haven't gone away, you know".