Belfast Telegraph

SDLP man turns down DUP offer of park post

By Noel McAdam

An SDLP councillor for Lisburn has declined an offer from the DUP to replace the unionist party's former councillor Jenny Palmer on the board of Lagan Valley Regional Park.

Ms Palmer quit the DUP after it accused her of bringing it "into disrepute" in the wake of a row over alleged political interference in a Housing Executive board vote.

Mrs Palmer had claimed she was pressured by a DUP special adviser into changing her vote on the Housing Executive board over extending a contract for controversial maintenance firm Red Sky.

The SDLP's Pat Catney said he had been approached by the DUP who offered to nominate him to the board because it "should be represented by cross-community parties".

But yesterday, he said: "I will not be part of any malign strategy against her and that is why I am declining the nomination."

It was agreed to nominate Mr Catney at a meeting of Lisburn and Castlereagh council this week. But the UUP, Alliance, TUV and NI21 had called for it to be re-examined.

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