Friday 19 October 2018

Ganley won't ask donors to waive privacy

Aine Kerr

LIBERTAS chief Declan Ganley will today appear before a Dail committee which is examining the Lisbon Treaty aftermath and possible solutions to the current impasse.

Mr Ganley last night said he has no intention of asking donors to waive their privacy if his organisation contests next year's European elections.

He spoke amid speculation that the anti-Lisbon Treaty group could field upwards of 400 candidates at a cost of some €75m next June.

But Mr Ganley insisted he would continue to operate within the fundraising rules and would not be naming his funders. Some €600,000 was provided to Libertas for its recent Lisbon Treaty campaign from unknown donors, separate to the €200,000 "loan" from Mr Ganley.

In an interview with RTE's One to One programme with Aine Lawlor, the Libertas founder heaped criticism on Green Party MEP Daniel Cohn-Bendit, European Affairs Minister Dick Roche and European Parliament President Hans Gert Pottering who have raised the question of investigating Libertas' funding.

Asked if he would ask all donors to waive privacy in a bid to stamp out criticism of a lack of transparency, Mr Ganley said: "No, of course I wouldn't do that. Why? So Daniel Cohn-Bendit can pour tar and feather over them? Absolutely not," he said.

He further rejected claims by Mr Roche that his company Rivada Networks has links to the US military.

"Bless Dick Roche's heart. The man knows very little about business, it would appear," he said.

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