Lisburn and Castlereagh Council putting funding at risk - Doran
Sinn Féin’s Peter Doran has said that Lisburn and Castlereagh Council are putting funding at risk because of its refusal to include nationalists on its Local Action Plan (LAP) Partnership.
Speaking after the Council was criticised by the Peace IV Steering Committee for its lack of cross community representation, the Lagan Valley candidate said:
"Given that the Partnership is applying for funding for projects in relation to Children & Young People, Shared Spaces and Services, and Building Positive Relations then it must be obvious to any fair minded person that there needs to be cross community representation on the Partnership.
"It is now the only LAP without cross-community representation. Others have increased membership in order to make them representative.
"The refusal of the Partnership to do so clearly demonstrates that unionism not only does not do equality but also is prepared to risk funded in order to continue with exclusion.
"I will be contacting the European Commissioner for Regional Policy to discuss the refusal of Lisburn and Castlereagh Council to abide by the basic principle of inclusion which is a central part of the Peace 1V Programme."