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Another Council snub to Antrim

Thursday, 1 June 2017

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COUNCILLORS have delivered yet another snub to ratepayers in the former Borough of Antrim.
Antrim and Newtownabbey Councill will hold its AGM on June 5, when the posts of Mayor and Deputy Mayor will be allocated.
In the first two years of the 'super council', the top jobs have all been awarded to reps from Newtownabbey, which, given their numerical advantage, is not entirely surprising. After all their legacy members hold 24 of the seats to Antrim's 16.
And this year it would appear things will be no different - after the Mayoral baton was passed to Macedon rep Paul Hamill by DUP Group Leader Phillip Brett.
As well as a natty chain, a fancier robe and a chauffeur driven car, the elevation will give Mr Hamill an extra 13,261 on top of his 'basic' allowance of 14,485.
And it appears he could not contain his glee. Breaking from protocol that the candidates keep schtum until the AGM itself, he declared his election on Facebook with 10 days to spare.
“I'm very humbled and grateful to say that I have received the DUP group nomination to be the next Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey," he gushed.
Insiders have revealed that the position of Deputy Mayor will also go to a councillor from the former Newtownabbey Borough - Ballyclare UUP rep Vera McWilliam.
*Read the full story in this week's Antrim Guardian

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