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Charity wants Ó Snodaigh's spent ink cartridges to raise funds

The Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation says it could use the €50,000 worth of spent printer cartridges to raise funds for brain damaged children.

Aengus Ó Snodaigh after speaking to the media about 'Inkgate' earlier today.
Aengus Ó Snodaigh after speaking to the media about 'Inkgate' earlier today.
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A CHILDREN’S CHARITY has written to the Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh to ask if he would consider donating his spent printer cartridges to it in order to raise funds.

The Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation, which helps young children suffering from severe neurological development issues, has written to Ó Snodaigh in light of today’s revelation that the TD took over €50,000 worth of printer cartridges in just two years between 2007 and 2008.

Ó Snodaigh has defended his use of Oireachtas resources saying he “would have been known as the most prolific leafleters in the country” in a radio interview this morning.

The children’s charity hopes to benefit from Ó Snodaigh’s extensive use of ink cartridges for printing as it recycles those and other material such as old mobile phones and computer games in order to raise money for nursing care support for children who have neurological issues due to brain damage.

“It is slightly tongue-in-cheek,” the charity’s CEO Jonathan Irwin told “I just thought if he really has done this, he might feel he might be able to give them to our children.

“We’ve recycled them as a consistent earner for about ten years,” he said, adding that he hoped that Ó Snodaigh would at least respond to the request.

Recycling is a big part of Jack & Jill’s fundraising drive, as the charity must raise €2.7 million per annum in order to operate. A fifth of its funding comes from the State.

The Dublin South-Central TD could not be reached for comment on whether or not he would consider the proposal.

Sinn Féin TD urged to ‘come clean’ over €50,000 use of Dáil printer cartridges

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