Sinn Fein in Donegal denies “dumping ground” claim

Sinn Fein is refuting in the strongest terms claims that the Republican Movement used Donegal as a “dumping ground” for sex offenders within its ranks.

The claim was made by a spokesperson for the Belfast Rape Crisis centre in yesterday's 'Donegal on Sunday' newspaper.

Senator Pearse Doherty says these claims are part of a wider attempt to smear the party in Belfast, and has stressed he does not believe the Donegal paper to be part of that campaign.

He says the party is taking legal advice.