DUP and Sinn Féin ganged up and carved up public money, says McDonough Brown

Alliance Councillor Emmet McDonough Brown has hit out at the DUP and Sinn Féin in Belfast City Hall after they ‘ganged up’ and ‘carved up’ public money for their own pet projects.

The Councillor – who first raised concerns almost two weeks ago – was speaking at the latest meeting of Belfast City Council, after the Alliance Party, backed by the SDLP, successfully called in the allocation of £4 million pounds, some of which has been earmarked for groups believed to be linked to Belfast City Councillors.

Emmet McDonough Brown said: “For Sinn Féin and The DUP to stand up tonight and try to promote their backroom dealings as a good news story is completely astounding. This whole process has been exposed for what it is – a cover for these two parties to fund their own political interests.

“How many other groups out there would like to have benefited from this fund and how many should have actually benefited from what the fund was initially set up to achieve? Key questions the DUP and Sinn Féin have so far failed to acknowledge.

“The funds being earmarked where never advertised, there was no application form to get on this list, nor was there a ranking mechanism to award funds – spin it how they want, but the DUP and Sinn Féin know they have been caught out for their back ground secret dealings and agreement.

“This process was neither fair, nor proper, but at least proves that when it comes to carving up money the DUP and Sinn Fein can always see fit to work together. It seems they may talk tough in public, but in private it’s one for you, one for me.

“The public deserves better; they are getting far too used to the financial scandals that engulf their politicians.”

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