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Sinn Féin oppose council allocation of additional £20,000 for Riviera conference

11 April, 2018 - by Ciarán Beattie

At this evening’s meeting of Belfast City Council’s City Growth and Regeneration Committee, Sinn Féin voted against the allocation of an additional £20,000 for Belfast City Council’s 2019 trip to the property developers conference, MIPIM, which is held in the French Rivera.

Sinn Féin Councillor Ciarán Beattie said:

“Sinn Féin is supportive of city council efforts to attract inward investment but we believe the proposal that was put before the monthly City Growth and Regeneration Committee meeting this evening was both excessive and unnecessary. 

“Belfast City Council’s existing allocation for this annual four-day trip to the French Riviera is more than sufficient and in my opinion, they shouldn’t have even put this proposal before the committee.

“Sinn Féin councillors and indeed all councillors and council officials have a responsibility to allocate council funds wisely and the additional £20,000 sought by the council simply can’t be justified.

“Sinn Féin has voted against this proposal this evening and we are disappointed that it was voted through by other parties.”

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