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Sinn Fein says Donald Trump 'has never' donated to party

By Sue Doherty

Question of whether Donald Trump supported Sinn Fein has resurfaced after his attendance at a 1995 fundraiser for the party was raised in the Dail.

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin was calling President Trump's knowledge about Ireland into question.

He said: "President Trump’s knowledge of Ireland remains roughly on a par with that when he was welcomed to a Sinn Fein fundraiser by Deputy Gerry Adams," The reported.

Mr Martin was referring to an event at the Essex House hotel in 1995. As he took to the podium, Mr Adams joked about playing "the Trump card" and the remark was received with warm applause.

Mr Trump rose from his seat and the pair shook hands.

The fundraiser took place in the very early days of the peace process when Sinn Fein was linked to the IRA.

Archive video footage of the meeting resurfaced in 2015, when critics of President Trump's proposed travel ban on Muslims entering the US which he justified as an anti-terrorism measure, accused him of being hypocritical.

On Wednesday, a Sinn Fein spokesperson told the Belfast Telegraph that Mr Trump had attended the event "as a guest of someone else" and did not make a donation to the party".

The spokesperson added: "He has not attended any subsequent events and has never donated money to Sinn Fein."

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