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Council will seek reimbursement of ‘DUP donation’ - Archibald

11 October, 2018 - by Caoimhe Archibald


East Derry Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald has welcomed confirmation that Causeway Coast and Glens Council will seek reimbursement of ratepayers' money if the Electoral Commission concludes that a controversial dinner hosted by DUP MP Ian Paisley was a party fundraiser.

Caoimhe Archibald commented: “The Electoral Commission is currently investigating a payment of £1,500 which Causeway Coast and Glens Council paid for a table at an event hosted by Ian Paisley. A decision by Mid and East Antrim Council officials to purchase a table at the same dinner is also under investigation.

“Local authorities are barred from making political donations and my party has consistently called for these payments to be investigated and the funds reimbursed.

“I wrote to the Chief Executive of the Causeway Coast and Glens Council following a recent council meeting where the dinner was described as a ‘prestigious fundraiser’ for the DUP.

“Ratepayers’ money should not be used to fund any political party and I welcome the Chief Executive’s confirmation that they will be seeking reimbursement if the Electoral Commission concludes that the money was indeed received by the DUP.”

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