Alliance Lisburn Council Group Leader Cllr Brian Dornan has expressed his disappointment that the DUP were unwilling to support inclusivity at the Council’s AGM today. The DUP took the top two posts, the Mayor and Deputy Mayor, meaning that in the first three years of the Council only once has one of these positions gone to another party.
Alliance put forward Councillor Stephen Martin for Deputy Mayor but he was defeated despite getting the support of Alliance, SDLP, Sinn Fein, one UUP Councillor and an independent.
Cllr Brian Dornan said: “I am disappointed that yet again the DUP have refused to accept power sharing in Lisburn Council. They have no problems with it at the Assembly, so why can’t they agree to it in Lisburn.
“The DUP have shown their opposition to inclusivity by refusing to support Stephen Martin for Deputy Mayor despite him receiving support from at least one Councillor from every other party apart from the DUP.
“The DUP may talk of a shared future, but their actions don’t match their words.