Fine Gael opposes plans to introduce legislation banning corporate donations

Fine Gael has defended its decision to accept corporate donations from bankers and builders who owe money to NAMA.

It follows newspaper reports of a Fine Gael fundraiser the K-Club attended by construction industry bosses and bank chiefs.

The party's director of elections Phil Hogan says Fine Gael will oppose plans by the Government to introduce legislation banning corporate donations.

Speaking at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties - he said the party makes no apology - and offers no favours in return for accepting corporate gifts:

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