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'DUP fundraiser cash should be repaid’ - McShane

25 September, 2018 - by Cara McShane

Sinn Féin Councillor Cara McShane has said Causeway Coast and Glens Council must take the necessary steps to pursue reimbursement of £1,500 paid for a table at a DUP fundraising dinner hosted by Ian Paisley.

The calls come after a special meeting of the Council which confirmed the dinner was a DUP fundraising event.

Cara McShane said:

“Last night’s special meeting of Causeway Coast and Glens Council confirmed that the Council did in fact make a donation of £1,500 to a DUP fundraising event in September 2017.

“A damning revelation exposed in a letter from the Council, confirms the invitation to purchase the table was made through a phone call from Ian Paisley to a Council officer.

“It’s disgraceful that the Council could use ratepayers’ money to favour one political party at what has been described as a ‘prestigious fundraiser’ for the DUP.

“Ratepayers have a right to be angry at this decision and Causeway Coast and Glens Council should immediately take steps to have the money reimbursed back into the public purse.

“It is also a breach of electoral rules for local authorities to make political donations and the Electoral Commission is already investigating Mid and East Antrim Council for what it has described as a donation to Ian Paisley.

“The Audit Office is also currently carrying out an investigation into this dinner and their recommendations must outline fully how this was allowed to happen.”

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