18 May 2006

IMC grant plan

Daily Ireland

BY DAVID LYNCH
18/05/2006

Irish government plans to give the Independent Monitoring Commission €1.5 million (£1 million) were branded “grotesque” yesterday.
It was claimed the grant was triple that given to national women’s organisations for the same period.
The Dáil justice committee is currently dealing with the justice estimates for 2006.
Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh said there were much more deserving recipients of the funding than the IMC.
“Have the government learned nothing from the negative role this politically motivated body has already played?” he said.
“The Irish government with the British government created this out-of-control monster.
“Rather than continue to feed it, they should immediately starve it of funding.
“It has not and cannot play any useful role whatsoever.
“Its reports are based on nothing more than the so-called intelligence reports of one of the main protagonists in the conflict.
“It is a grotesque abuse of taxpayers’ money.
“So rather than fund a body that plays a negative and harmful role in the peace process, the government should be looking at supporting those bodies that were set up as part of the [Good Friday] Agreement.
“The Human Rights Commission is one such body.”

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