» Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Sinn Fein Allowances

Asked why the decision was taken to give Sinn Fein back their allowances, the PMOS replied that the IMC report that ran up until the end of August, said that during that period, IRA activity had come to an end. Equally, the two Governments had the knowledge of what had been happening in September and October as well. On the basis of that, our basic approach had been "so far, so good", but equally, if the IMC report in January were to report IRA activity, then the matter could be reconsidered at that stage.

The PMOS explained that the report published today covered the period from March 2005 until August 2005. The report published in January would cover the period from September until January 2006.

Asked if the IMC monitored banks, the PMOS said they monitored everything!

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