Gerry Adams to be Manhattan gala guest of honour
Gerry Adams will be guest of honour at a lavish fundraiser in New York this week, organised as part of the party's ongoing bid to build a massive financial war chest across the Atlantic.
Hundreds of supporters and wealthy donors will be charged $500-per-head to attend the dinner in Manhattan on Thursday, which is being organised by the Friends of Sinn Féin group (FSF).
The event is a major money spinner for Sinn Fein, whose finances have come under increased scrutiny in recent months.
Mr Adams will address guests on the peace process and Sinn Féin's bid to build a "New and United Ireland". Deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald is also to attend.
A party spokesman last night said the pair are travelling economy class, paid for by FSF.
The event is being staged in the four star Sheraton Hotel, just 48 hours after a Dáil debate on Sinn Fein's alleged links with the Provisional IRA and the Army Council.
A damning UK report, commissioned by Secretary of State Theresa Villiers, recently claimed that PIRA members believe the Army Council still runs Sinn Féin - a claim the party has vehemently rejected.