Thursday, 1 December 2016
A CONTROVERSIAL Causeway Coast and Glens Borough councillor has been suspended from his post for a period of three months after he was found to have breached the Councillors' Code of Conduct last summer. The sanction was handed down by Ian Gordon, the Acting Commissioner for Local Government Standards, at the end of an Adjudication Hearing on Thursday, November 24, which examined the actions of Councillor Padraig McShane in 2015.
Councillor McShane became the second locally elected representative in Northern Ireland deemed to have broken the guidelines which aim to ensure they observe the highest standards of conduct in their civic role.
During the suspension he will be barred from Full Council and Council committee meetings in Cloonavin. It took effect yesterday (Monday, November 28), although Councillor McShane can appeal the decision at the High Court in Belfast.
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