Cigarette smuggling funds could be part of 'political process' - Fine Gael TD
A FINE Gael TD has called on the Governments of Ireland, Northern Ireland and the UK to stop “pussyfooting” on the issue of fuel and cigarette smuggling.
Limerick TD Patrick O’Donovan said money from the illicit trade may be finding its way into the “political process”.
Speaking at a British Irish Parliamentary Assembly meeting in the Seanad, Mr O’Donovan said: “I know where the money that funds the Fine Gael party comes from, everybody knows where it comes from. Everybody knows where the funds for Fianna Fail and the Labour Party comes from but there are strong question marks over other political parties.”
He added: “I think there is an obligation on the Government south of the border, the government in the UK and the Northern Ireland Executive to stop pussyfooting around this issue and deal with it head on because the law should be applied across the board for everybody regardless of the political party they support.”
Sinn Fein Northern Ireland Assembly member Barry McElduff later produced a letter from An Garda Siochana which he said confirmed the IRA’s military structures had disbanded.