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'SDLP need to explain position on British Army event' - Mackle

Published: 26 February, 2018

Sinn Féin Councillor Liam Mackle has said the SDLP must explain its position after failing to back a proposal that would have prevented ratepayers meeting the cost of councillors attending a British Army charity event.

Speaking following a full meeting of ABC council during which councillors revisited a recent committee decision to purchase tickets for councillors wishing to attend the event in March Sinn Féin Councillor Mackle said:

"I raised this issue last week and stated our party position that, given the track record of the British Army here in the North and the ratepayers we represent, any councillor wishing to attend this event should do so but at their own expense.

"It is unacceptable that the ratepayer should foot the bill.

"During the committee meeting the SDLP abstained. Their MLA, Dolores Kelly, subsequently supported our party position to vote against the purchasing of tickets.

"Tonight, in another U-turn, five of their six members refused to vote on the issue with their sixth councillor recording an abstention.

"The SDLP are clearly divided as to whether or not the ratepayer should fund councillors attendance at this British army event.

"They now need to explain their position to the ratepayer."