Adams flies out as guest of honour at $500-a-head New York fundraiser
Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams will appear as guest of honour at a lavish fundraiser in New York this week. It was organised as part of the party's ongoing bid to build a massive financial war chest across the Atlantic.
Hundreds of party supporters and wealthy donors will be charged $500 per head to attend the dinner in Manhattan on Thursday, which is being organised by the Friends of Sinn Féin organisation (FSF).
The event is a major money spinner for Sinn Féin, whose finances have come under increased scrutiny from the Opposition in recent months.
Mr Adams will address guests on the issue of the peace process and Sinn Féin's bid to build a "new and united Ireland".
Deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald is also due to attend.
A party spokesman last night said the pair were travelling economy class and that the flights were paid for by FSF.
The event is being staged in the four-star Sheraton Hotel. Cocktails will be followed by a sit-down dinner and speech.
The event will be held just 48 hours after Sinn Féin comes under pressure in the Dáil over alleged links with the Provisional IRA and the Army Council.
More than two hours has been set aside for TDs to debate issues relating to Northern Ireland, including the two recently published reports into paramilitary activity.
A damning UK report, commissioned by the North's Secretary of State Theresa Villiers, claims that PIRA members believe the IRA army council still runs Sinn Féin - a claim the party has vehemently rejected.