Cops probe Galloway over funds
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.”