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McGuigan slams DUP on Ballymoney Council

24 June, 2004

Sinn Féin MLA for North Antrim, Cllr Philip McGuigan, has slammed the DUP on Ballymoney Council for appointing their own councillors to the positions of Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson for the fifth year running.

Cllr McGuigan said:

"Yesterday, at the Annual General Meeting of Ballymoney Borough Council, the DUP used their mandate to squeeze out all other political parties from holding the top two posts in the council. This is the fifth time this has happened in the past five years and shows how power-hungry and opposed to equality the Democratic Unionists are.

"Given our mandate, Nationalists should be entitled to hold the post of Chair or Vice-Chairperson at least once during the lifetime of this council. By setting up d‚Hondt we can ensure that all shades of political opinion can be represented in elected positions in the council.

"This is the attitude that the DUP has in every council, not just Ballymoney‚s. It further highlights the need for safeguards to be introduced to protect nationalist ratepayers, especially if the Review of Public Administration places us in a larger, more Unionist dominated council."ENDS

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