McCartney slams DUP after £425,000 Brexit donation is confirmed

Sinn Fein's Raymond McCartney.
Sinn Fein's Raymond McCartney.

Sinn Féin’s Raymond McCartney says the revelation the DUP received more than £400,000 from a group of pro-Union business people to fund its Brexit campaign “makes a mockery of its manifesto commitment to transparency”.

Following the DUP’s confirmation of the £425,000 donation from The Constitutional Research Council, Mr. McCartney said: “There have been consistent calls for the DUP to come clean on donations to the party for their Brexit campaign.

“Just as we saw with the drip feed of information about the DUP’s handling of the RHI scandal, the DUP have been brought to the point of disclosing some information.

“However, it is still not clear who is in the group that gave the DUP £425,000, and what the group got in return for this huge donation.

“Instead we have the name of a secretive body, no list of members and donors. This makes a mockery of their manifesto claim of transparency.

“It now appears that the DUP spent at least £370,000 on newspaper advertisements and campaign materials in Britain where they don’t stand for election. This raises serious questions about transparency.

“The public is entitled to expect integrity in the political process.

“These are key issues of accountability and transparency and the public have a right to know so they can make up their mind before they go to the polls next week.”