Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald did receive direct donation from Jonathan Dowdall, says party colleague

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Former Sinn Féin councillor Jonathan Dowdall did marque a donation to enactment person Mary Lou McDonald straight and not to her constituency bureau arsenic she has claimed, a enactment workfellow has said.

ppearing connected RTÉ’s Prime Time to sermon the contention implicit Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohue’s predetermination expenses, Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Fingal Louise O’Reilly said: “The donation was a governmental donation, it was made to Mary Lou and it was recorded arsenic such. I’m saying present it was recorded with Sipo (Standards successful Public Office Commission).”

Dowdall was jailed for 4 years past period for his portion successful the 2016 Regency Hotel attack.

In 2018, helium and his begetter were jailed for waterboarding a antheral they suspected of trying to defraud them astatine Dowdall’s household location successful January 2015. He was a Sinn Féin councillor astatine the clip aft being elected to Dublin City Council successful 2014.

Ms O’Reilly’s remark astir the €1,000 donation to Ms McDonald straight contradicts claims the Sinn Féin leader made successful an interrogation connected Newstalk Radio successful November that Dowdall made the donation to her Dublin Central constituency bureau and not to herself.

Enterprise Minister Simon Coveney, who besides appeared connected Prime Time to support his Fine Gael colleague, said: “Last week Louise said this was a donation made to Sinn Féin, connected (RTÉ Radio’s) Morning Ireland. And present she has a antithetic story.”

Asked by big Sarah McInerney “why has the communicative changed?” Ms O’Reilly replied: “Okay, truthful it was a governmental donation to Mary Lou and that is however it’s recorded connected Sipo.”

She did not accidental wherefore the communicative implicit the donation to Ms McDonald successful 2011 has present changed.

The improvement comes aft the Sunday Independent revealed that Dowdall made further donations to Sinn Féin by purchasing tickets for enactment fundraisers.

A root told it that Dowdall purchased a array astatine a backstage fundraiser for Ms McDonald and her constituency organisation successful Dublin Central successful the Gresham Hotel connected O’Connell Street successful July 2013.

The root suggested that tickets for specified events could person outgo betwixt €50 and €100 per person, meaning a array would person outgo betwixt €500 and €1,000.

A 2nd root said Dowdall “always bought a table” astatine Sinn Féin fundraising events.

Speaking astatine an lawsuit earlier this evening, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar accused Sinn Féin of “hypocrisy” successful narration to predetermination expenses.

"We cognize for example, that there's discrepancy successful their enactment leader’s governmental donations, it's not wide whether the €1,000 donation paid by erstwhile councillor John Dowdall was a idiosyncratic donation which is what the records say, oregon whether it was a enactment governmental donation, which is what they are present claiming. So I deliberation there's a immense magnitude of hypocrisy there.”

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