Yvonne Boyle said: “I am very pleased that Barney Fitzpartick has been selected as Alliance candidate for the forthcoming Coleraine by-election.
“Barney is a well respected member of the local community and would be an asset to Coleraine Borough Council.
“He was the runner-up at the last Skerries election therefore it would have been natural justice for him to have been co-opted onto the council to fill the vacancy.
“It is however unfortunate that Ulster Unionists demanded an election in the first place as it will cost the taxpayer up to £15,000 and will take place in mid-December. Local people will be angry at this disgraceful waste of money.
“The UUP have been playing political games with the taxpayers cash. People in Skerries have the chance to voice their views on these matters in the forthcoming election.”