Accusation of double standards over venue
Sinn Fein has been criticised for using council premises to launch its election manifesto - after calling for public buildings to be politically neutral.
Yesterday's event was held at Ranfurly House in Dungannon came weeks after the party voted for a ban on the sale of poppies at council buildings in Mid-Ulster as part of moves to make public buildings a neutral environment.
However, the DUP has questioned how that equates with Sinn Fein using council facilities for an election launch. Fermanagh/South Tyrone MLA Lord Morrow accused them of "double standards".
He said: "The use of Ranfurly House is nothing short of a coat-trailing exercise designed to be as offensive as possible. Council facilities should not be used for political events as they are owned and paid for by all ratepayers."
A council spokesperson said: "Mid-Ulster District Council is currently creating a policy which will address the terms and conditions of room hire.
"Until that new policy is agreed, the arrangements the previous councils had in place stand."