The Spectator's Notes

The Spectator’s Notes | 19 March 2005

Despite already knowing about the IRA’s involvement in the £26 million robbery of the Northern Bank, Paul Murphy, the Northern Ireland Secretary, last month approved a renewal of the exemption which allows Sinn Fein (and other political parties in the province) to raise money abroad. This privilege is denied to mainland parties which do not

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