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SF lottery bid denied.

A JUDGE has shot down plans by Sinn Fein to run a lottery to boost the party coffers.

The application for a special licence to run the fund-raiser was made by the party's Dail leader, Caoimhghin O Caolain.

His lawyers claimed in Monaghan District Court the money was required to finance the running of an "advice centre" in the border town of Monaghan - where O Caolain is based.

Judge Sean MacBride said he could not grant it under the present legislation for lottery licences. He said such licences were not available for any political party.

He added: "This decision had nothing to do with the application being made by Sinn Fein - it could not be granted to any political party."
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 13, 2005
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