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Martin McGuinness published bank statements today, showing he only takes  £1605 from Sinn Féin each month. The accounts give some fascinating insights into his shopping behaviour. Who knew the deputy first minister was such a fan of Asda? And while his fondness for TK Maxx might be understandable, it’s difficult to picture him browsing through the wares on display in Vero Moda.

McGuinness seems to have few domestic concerns. There’s no sign of a phone or electricity bill, for example. That said, there are some unitemised credit card bills. Maybe he charges the utilities to plastic, and pays off the card at the end of the month.

But what happens to the rest of Martin’s money? Well, it goes to Sinn Féin, so the story goes. The deputy first minister earns £111,183, and even after taxes, that’s a nice little bonus for Sinn Féin.

I was curious exactly how much that bonus came to, so I had a look at the Electoral Commission website.

In case you can’t make it out, when I searched for political donations from Martin McGuinness, the search engine returned “no records to display”.

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Maybe he spelled his name As Gaeilge on the donation form.

By Gerard Cunningham

Gerard Cunningham occupies his time working as a journalist, writer, sub-editor, blogger and podcaster, yet still finds himself underemployed.


  1. find it strange that the wage for DFM can go straight to sinn fein, and then partly onto him. surely it should be the other way around.

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