Thursday 12 December 2019

Three myths about party that claims to be 'pro-Europe'

1 Sinn Fein TDs only accept the average industrial wage.

The party's TDs and senators claim they only accept the average industrial wage from their respective salaries of €92,000 and €61,000.

But the remainder of the money is not handed back to the taxpayer. Instead, Sinn Fein representatives say they use the funds to pay for their constituency offices. TDs from other parties say they do the exact same but don't make a song and dance about it.

2 Sinn Fein didn't support the bank guarantee.

Not quite. The party did support the bank guarantee when it was announced by the then Fianna Fail-lead government in September 2008.

Of the main parties at the time, only the Labour Party actually opposed the guarantee from the start. Sinn Fein did express concerns about the guarantee, but was most definitely behind it on that fateful day. Three weeks later, the party's position changed when follow-up legislation was going through the Dail. But that was a bit late for a rethink.

3 Sinn Fein is pro-European.

The party says it is pro-European and in favour of a social-democratic Europe. Yet it has opposed every single EU referendum in this country over the past 40 years.

Irish Independent

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