Triumphant Sinn Fein will set up a London office

Sinn Fein, the political wing of the IRA, is to set up a lobbying office in London following its victory in two Northern Ireland constituencies in last week’s general election.

Sinn Fein, the political wing of the IRA, is to set up a lobbying

office in London following its victory in two Northern Ireland

constituencies in last week’s general election.



The party secured victory in West Belfast and Mid Ulster - its best

election performance for 40 years - but both its MPs, Gerry Adams and

Martin McGuinness, have refused to take up their seats at Westminster

because Sinn Fein does not recognise Britain’s right to rule in the

province.



A party spokeswoman explained that because of the MPs’ absence, a London

office was necessary to lobby on issues including the peace process, the

Northern Ireland economy and local constituency matters.



The office will be set up later this year and will probably be staffed

by two full time party members. Sinn Fein already has an office in

Washington and a presence in Brussels.



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