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Parties get £450,000 in funding and donations over three months

Sinn Féin received £27,000 from the House of Commons

NORTHERN Ireland's political parties received £450,000 in public funding and donations in the second quarter of this year.

Figures released by the Electoral Commission for the period from April-June show that £400,000 came from the public purse, while £50,000 was donated by individuals and private companies.

The figures represent the first full quarter since restrictions on revealing private donations greater than £7,500 were lifted in March.

The DUP received a £121,500 policy development grant from the Electoral Commission but no private donations that met the threshold.

Alliance received £18,500 from the assembly and a further £36,500 in private donations, with £21,500 coming from southern-based firm Ferring (Ireland) and £15,000 from The Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust.

Sinn Féin received £68,000 of public money – including £27,000 from the House of Commons – and £17,000 from the party's MEP Martina Anderson.

The SDLP received a total of £37,500 in public funds, made up of £22,030 from the assembly and £15,301from the Electoral Commission.

The Ulster Unionists and TUV received £23,000 and £13,500, respectively, from the assembly, while the Greens received £14,000 from the same source and People Before Profit Alliance £8,000.

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