Public money up in smoke on bonfire pallets scandal – Logue
Sinn Féin Councillor Anne Marie Logue has welcomed an Audit Office investigation into the spending of public monies on items such as pallets under Antrim Borough Council’s so-called “Bonfire Fund”.
Speaking today Cllr Logue said:
“From the outset Sinn Féin have pressed Antrim Borough Council to enact Section 75 equality legislation in terms of the establishment of the so-called Bonfire Fund.
“There were serious concerns raised by our party in terms of governance issues and the funding criteria not being adhered too.
“In the absence of the equality protocols being enacted by Unionist councillors and council officials Sinn Féin refused to join any such committee to administer this fund.
“Unfortunately no other party on the council supported our concerns or proposals to address these and indeed took up their positions on this committee.
“Jointly they must take responsibility for the decisions made in terms of paying for pallets and fuel to be burnt on the 12th night.
“Given the recent revelations there must be transparency on these issues. Certainly some of the information that has recently come to light was not shared with Sinn Féin representatives who have made enquiries on these issues.
“I welcome the fact the Audit Office is now being pro-active and have contacted Council officials on this issue.
“We must see an independent review of the decisions which have taken us to this place and literally let public money go up in smoke.”