Cllr. Long said, “Its an absolute disgrace that money which was earmarked for Northern Ireland was not used. I call on the government to use the £366 million underspend to help the SEELB solve their current financial crisis.
“The SEELB have cut vital special needs services in an effort to balance their books.
We also recently heard about the proposed closure of Lisnasharragh High School. This money should be spent helping keep threatened schools open.
“I believe that the £366 million should be ploughed into frontline services in Northern Ireland, as the money was allocated to this region in the first place.
“This underspent cash must be used to benefit Northern Ireland, and I would be appalled if the government tries to claw it back into their own coffers.”