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Ó Donnghaile disappointed at decision on Waterfront and Ulster halls

2 September, 2015 - by Mairead O’Donnell

Sinn Féin Councillor Niall Ó Donnghaile said today he was disappointed that other parties rejected a proposal to keep the Waterfront and Ulster Hall under the direct management of Belfast City Council. 

Councillor Ó Donnghaile said:

“Sinn Féin proposed new management arrangements for the Waterfront and Ulster halls as an enhanced ‘in-house’ model.

“It’s clear that the new conference centre at the Waterfront will have to act commercially and in a highly competitive market. However, a restructured and enhanced ‘in-house’ management model could have delivered this.

“We consulted with the Trade Unions, Waterfront Staff and management, as well as senior management in the City Council on our proposal.

“This proposal was rejected by other parties on the council. They voted in favour of the establishment of a council-owned commercial company, which would take on the management of the facilities instead.

“We are disappointed that such an iconic symbol of the new Belfast such as the Waterfront and a symbol of historic Belfast like the Ulster Hall will no longer be directly managed by Council and in turn the citizens of Belfast.” 

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