In the last two days, over 100 people have contacted this blog stating that they have many friends living in the inner city and they agree that Mary Lou McDonald and Sinn Fein should give back, the contribution by the convicted Thug Dowdall so that it can be donated to community projects in the inner city. We all know now that it is Blood Money and Dowdall has blood on his hands, and so has his father. McDonald claims that she serves the people of the inner city; if that is truth from Mary Lou then there should be no hesitation in standing with her people and handing back the Blood Money from the Gresham hotel and other fundraising which was held by Sinn Fein and attended by the convicted Thug Dowdall. I notice today that little elite Blackrock Student Eoin O’Broin said that it is not possible to hand back the donation; it would only be tokenism. The people find this offensive and insulting and I state here again the people of Dublin City, after all the funerals, from Gangland, Murders and Shootings, in the past number of years, DESERVE BETTER.

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Mary Lou McDonald has ‘questions to answer’ as Sinn Fein confirm Jonathan Dowdall purchased fundraiser tickets, TD says

  • 18:49, 13 Nov 2022
  • Updated: 18:49, 13 Nov 2022

SINN Fein President Mary Lou McDonald has “more questions to answer” after the party confirmed gangster Jonathan Dowdall also purchased tickets for a party fundraiser.

Earlier this week, Fine Gael TDs urged McDonald to hand over a €1,000 donation from Dowdall to a crime prevention charity.

Sinn Fein President Mary Lou McDonald landed a donation in 2011 from former Sinn Fein councillor Dowdall
Sinn Fein President Mary Lou McDonald landed a donation in 2011 from former Sinn Fein councillor DowdallCredit: PA
Sinn Fein confirmed thug Jonathan Dowdall purchased tickets for a party fundraiser
Sinn Fein confirmed thug Jonathan Dowdall purchased tickets for a party fundraiser
Fine Gael TD Fergus O'Dowd says McDonald has questions to answer over Dowdall's ticket purchases
Fine Gael TD Fergus O’Dowd says McDonald has questions to answer over Dowdall’s ticket purchasesCredit: PA:Press Association

McDonald landed a donation in 2011 from former Sinn Fein councillor Dowdall, who has since been jailed for four years for facilitating the murder of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel in Dublin in 2016.

However, recent reports revealed more examples of Dowdall’s financial support for the party.

Fine Gael TD for Louth, Fergus O’Dowd said: “In recent weeks we learnt that Sinn Fein leader, Mary Lou McDonald accepted a €1,000 donation from former Dublin City Councillor, Jonathan Dowdall, the man who facilitated the brutal and shocking gangland murder at the then Regency Hotel in the capital.

“We now learn, however, that Sinn Fein went on to accept further financial donations from Dowdall, including at a high-profile fundraising dinner for Deputy McDonald and her constituency at Dublin’s famed Gresham Hotel.

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“Just how much has Sinn Fein accepted from their former councillor, who has been convicted of torture and is now imprisoned for his role in the Regency Hotel murder, a murder which sparked a succession of appalling killings.

“Deputy McDonald and Sinn Fein need to clarify the exact amount she and the party have received from Dowdall and do the right thing by giving every cent to the new Community Safety Innovation Fund which directly helps communities affected by crime.”

A spokesman for Sinn Fein said: “Jonathan Dowdall made a single donation to the party of €1,000 in 2011 and he also purchased tickets to a dinner dance and a local event.”

Earlier this week, Fine Gael TDs, Neale Richmond and Fergus O’Dowd, alongside Councillor Kenneth Egan, called on the Sinn Fein President to donate the €1,000 she received from disgraced Johnathan Dowdall to the Community Safety Innovation Fund.

Dublin Rathdown TD Richmond insisted the SF supremo should hand the €1,000 over.

He said: “Gangland criminals like Jonathan Dowdall are a plague on local communities; their dirty and corrupt money has no place in our political system.

“That Sinn Fein’s leader accepted a €1,000 donation from Jonathan Dowdall, the man who facilitated the most brutal gangland murder Ireland has seen and as she herself admitted, probably used it towards election expenses is appalling.

“The fact that she has not made a more legitimate use of this donation such as to make our communities safer is staggering. She must put this wrong to right.”

McDonald says she was ‘profoundly shocked’ to learn that former Sinn Fein Cllr Dowdall was involved in criminality.

She said: “Had we known that he was involved in any form of criminality, and I have to say I was profoundly shocked, as were many, many others, to discover his criminal activity, he wouldn’t have been anywhere near Sinn Fein.

“He wouldn’t have been anywhere near me or anybody else.” 

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