A party colleague said former Sinn Fein councilor Jonathan Dowdall donated directly to party leader Mary Lou McDonald and not to his constituency office as he has claimed.
appearing on RTÉ’s prime time In discussing the controversy over public expenditure minister Paschal Donohue’s election expenses, Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Fingal Lewis O’Reilly said: “The donation was a political donation, it was given to Mary Lou and it was recorded as such I am saying now that it was filed with SIPO (Standards in Public Office Commission).
Dowdall was jailed for four years last month for his part in the 2016 Regency Hotel attack.
In 2018, he and his father were jailed for overboarding a man they suspected had been inside the family home in Dowdall in January 2015. He was a Sinn Féin councilor after being elected to Dublin City Council in 2014.
Ms O’Reilly’s comments about the €1,000 donation to Ms McDonald directly contradict claims the Sinn Féin leader made in an interview on Newstalk Radio in November that Dowdall donated to her Dublin Central constituency office Gave and not himself.
Enterprise Minister Simon Coveney also attended prime time To defend his Fine Gael colleague, said: “Last week Lewis said it was a charity for Sinn Féin, on (RTE Radio) morning ireland, And now he has a different story.
When asked by host Sarah McInerney “Why has the story changed?” Ms O’Reilly replied: “Okay, so it was a political donation to Mary Lou and that’s how it’s recorded on Sipo.”
He did not say why the story has now changed on a donation made to Ms McDonald in 2011.
comes after development Sunday Independent revealed that Dowdall made further donations to Sinn Féin by buying tickets to collect party donations.
A source said Dowdall had bought a table at the Gresham Hotel on O’Connell Street in Dublin Central in July 2013 at a private fundraiser for Ms McDonald and her constituency organisation.
The source suggested that tickets for such events could cost between €50 and €100 per person, meaning a table would cost between €500 and €1,000.
A second source said that Dowdle “always bought a table” at Sinn Fein fundraising events.
Speaking at an event this evening, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar accused Sinn Féin of “hypocrisy” in relation to election spending.
“For example, we know there is a discrepancy in political donations to the leader of his party, it is unclear whether a €1,000 donation made by former councilor John Dowdall was a personal donation, the record says, or whether it There was a political donation to a party, which they are now claiming, so I think there is a huge amount of hypocrisy.