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Councillor broke code of conduct

Thursday, 24 November 2016

AN INDEPENDENT councillor, who sits on Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, has been found to have breached the Councillors' Code of Conduct.
An Adjudication Hearing, conducted on behalf of the Northern Ireland Local Government Commissioner for Standards, held at the council's offices in Cloonavin last Tuesday, November 15, found that Councillor Padraig McShane had failed to comply with the Northern Ireland Local Government Code of Conduct for Councillors.
Cllr McShane is only the second councillor in Northern Ireland found to have breached the local government Code of Conduct.
The Hearing was called to consider alleged breaches of the Northern Ireland Local Government Code of conduct, namely that the councillor had breached 4.6, 4.16 (a), 4.18 (b) and (e) of the Councillor Code of Conduct.
The controversy began in June of last year when when photos emerged of an Irish tricolour and a Palestinian flag at the council headquarters in Coleraine.
The photograph appeared in several newspapers, showing Cllr McShane with Derry City and Strabane District Council members Gary Donnelly and Darren O'Reilly, as well as a visitor from Gaza - Mohammed Al-Halabi - who was sitting in the Mayor's chair.

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