Time for mature politics - Hardy
Sinn Féin councillor Patrice Hardy has stated that the new deputy Mayor of the new Mid and East Antrim super-council must strive to be a mayor for all.
Speaking following the refusal of Timothy Gaston to have a picture taken with Cllr Hardy at last night inaugural meeting Cllr. Hardy said:
"While I understand and it comes as no surprise to anyone that the TUV are anti-Good Friday agreement and anti-Sinn Féin, once you don the chain of public office your duty is to represent all if the people of the borough.
"The new council arrangements offer an opportunity for mature politics.
"The very deliberate snub by Cllr Gaston of the people who I represent is unacceptable as others got picture their taken with the new deputy mayor.
"What signal does that send to those who elect Sinn Féin representatives - that Timothy Gaston is a mayor for all except republicans?
"Sectional and negative approaches will serve no one on this new council well. For the year ahead Timothy Gaston needs to discharge his duties as a deputy mayor, not somebody wedded to the TUV's outdated policies."