Cops probe Gal­loway over funds

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THE Prince of Wales be­gan a poignant trip to Ire­land with a his­toric hand­shake with Gerry Adams.

Charles agreed to the meet­ing af­ter a re­quest by the Sinn Fein pres­i­dent – one of the most prom­i­nent and con­tro­ver­sial repub­li­can fig­ures of the last 50 years – in a move which would have been un­think­able un­til a few years ago.

The two men smiled and ex­changed words as they shook hands for sev­eral sec­onds in a packed hall as the prince toured the Na­tional Uni­ver­sity of Ire­land Gal­way.

Charles was hold­ing a cup of tea as he cor­dially greeted Adams, who leaned for­ward to speak close to his ear sev­eral times be­fore Charles con­tin­ued down a line of as­sem­bled dig­ni­taries.

Adams is the most se­nior repub­li­can to meet the Prince.

It comes af­ter North­ern Ire­land Deputy First Min­is­ter and for­mer IRA com­man­der Martin McGuin­ness shook hands with Charles at a state ban­quet in Wind­sor Cas­tle last year and met the Queen in 2012.

Charles, who is said to be ex­cited by his first of­fi­cial visit to Ire­land in 13 years, will be joined on his four­day visit by the Duchess of Corn­wall.

He was last in the Repub­lic on for­mal busi­ness in 2002 and had pre­vi­ously been in the coun­try in 1995. PO­LICE are look­ing into a com­plaint against Ge­orge Gal­loway over his use of par­lia­men­tary funds.

For­mer par­lia­men­tary as­sis­tant Aisha Ali Khan re­ported Gal­loway (above) the In­de­pen­dent Par­lia­men­tary Stan­dards Author­ity ear­lier this year, claim­ing she had spent more time run­ning per­sonal er­rands for him than on of­fi­cial work.

She al­leged that, dur­ing her six-month stint as his tax­payer­funded as­sis­tant in 2012, she was forced to help plan his wed­ding, make his break­fast, sort out his laun­dry, shop for un­der­wear and work for the Viva Palestina char­ity.

And, af­ter as­sess­ing the claims, the IPSA have now passed on the case.

An IPSA spokesman said: “Our com­pli­ance of­fi­cer has com­pleted his as­sess­ment of the Ge­orge Gal­loway com­plaint and has passed it on to the Metropoli­tan Po­lice Ser­vice.”


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