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Questions asked about Council's 'secret' trip to China

Thursday, 5 July 2018

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A COUNCILLOR has asked for a breakdown of costs for two of her colleagues who are flying to China for a trade fair this November.
Sinn Féin's Annemarie Logue spoke out after it emerged that DUP group leader Phillip Brett and his UUP counterpart Mark Cosgrove had put themselves forward to attend the event in Shanghai.
Councillor Logue has also asked for a report on the outcomes and benefits to the borough of a £12k Council-funded trip to Arizona in 2016 - an event in which she herself took part.
“As a councillor I have a duty to raise concerns in regards to the lack of transparency over [the] China expo visit," she said.
“At the last Council meeting, I  raised concerns due to the irregular manner in which the visit  to China was presented to Council.
“My concerns relate to the  lack of information regarding the visit.
“No report to appropriate committee including rationale, proposed outcomes, benefits  or costings.
“No process in which parties were asked to nominate attendees. Only DUP and UUP nominees in report."
Mr Cosgrove spoke out strongly in his defence at a full council meeting last Monday.  Phillip Brett was not present.
*See full story and more council coverage in this week's Antrim Guardian

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