Republican Party seeks details of Clinton links to Ireland

Denis O’Brien’s relationship with Clintons ‘raises questions’, says Republican National Committee

Former US president Bill Clinton on a visit to Dublin in 2005 with  Mary Donohoe, founder of The Rose Project, her husband Denis Donohue, and businessman Denis O’Brien, at a fundraising breakfast for The Rose Project-Aids in Africa. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Former US president Bill Clinton on a visit to Dublin in 2005 with Mary Donohoe, founder of The Rose Project, her husband Denis Donohue, and businessman Denis O’Brien, at a fundraising breakfast for The Rose Project-Aids in Africa. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Republican Party officials in Washington sought records on links between Ireland and the William J Clinton Foundation under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act as part of an investigation into the former president’s business and philanthropic links overseas.

In an FOI request sent to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) last February, the Republican National Committee (RNC) director of investigations, Scott Parker, sought documents related to the disbursement of funds from Irish Aid - the Department’s overseas aid wing - to the Clinton Foundation.

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