The Dublin District Court has been told that a €5,000 donation has been made to the charity Alone by seven companies linked to the Sinn Fein finance director and prosecuted last month for failing to keep proper books of account.

The directors of the seven companies, based at the Parnell Centre in Dublin were named in court as Des Mackin, the Sinn Fein finance director, and Peter Curistan, a Belfast businessman, who was also involved in the development of the Odyssey Arena there.

The Director of Corporate Enforcement brought the charges against the companies under section 202 of the Companies Act.  The charges, four against each company, related to the fiancial period from October 1 2000 to September 30 2004.

All seven companies had registered offices at the Sheridan Imax Theatre, Parnell Centre in Dublin.

The defendants did not contest the charges when the cases came before the Dublin District Court in December. They pleaded that the debts incurred by the companies were all inter-group and no outsiders were affected by any failures in their operations. All seven companies were granted the probation act by Judge O'Donnell provided they made a donation to charity. Today the case was mentioned to provide a receipt to the court showing the money had been paid.