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Hardy slams Council Chief Exec over ‘forced penance’ comment

17 October, 2018 - by Pátrice Hardy

Sinn Féin Councillor Patrice Hardy has slammed the Chief Executive of Mid and East Antrim Council for again refusing to fully implement the recommendations of an independent investigation, branding it a ‘forced act of penance’.

Cllr Hardy said: “The independent report recommended that Council’s Chief Executive Anne Donaghy make a public apology for causing potential reputational damage to Conradh na Gaeilge by making inaccurate comments about them in the Council chamber.

“She had falsely claimed that Conradh na Gaeilge has been invited to attend a council meeting but had failed to turn up.

“Despite this, the Chief Executive has consistently refused to implement this recommendation and set the record straight. 

“I wrote to Anne Donaghy to formally object to her failure to act but her response simply adds insult to injury.

“In it, she remains adamant that she will not make a verbal statement of apology, claiming that it would be ‘a forced act of penance’.

“Well that is precisely the point. She has refused to do the right thing herself so the independent report has made the  recommendation for her.

“It is appalling that a Council Chief Executive feels she can thumb her nose at due process and I will now be referring this matter to the Public Services Ombudsman.”

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