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Alderman disqualified for 15 months following drink-driving offence

July 9, 2019

Alderman Derek Hussey (Derry City & Strabane District Council) has been disqualified for a period of 15 months following an Adjudication Hearing held in Belfast today (9 July 2019). Acting Commissioner Mr Ian Gordon found that Alderman Hussey had breached Paragraph 4.2 of the Local Government Code of Conduct for Councillors (the Code) for his … Continue reading Alderman disqualified for 15 months following drink-driving offence

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Commissioner issues further guidance for councillors on Code of Conduct

July 8, 2019

The Northern Ireland Local Government Commissioner for Standards has today highlighted to councillors the importance of registering and declaring their pecuniary interests. Commissioner Marie Anderson’s comments are contained in a Decision Notice issued to explain her findings in an Adjudication Hearing held last week. The Hearing resulted in a censure for Mr Mervyn Rea, a … Continue reading Commissioner issues further guidance for councillors on Code of Conduct

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Councillor suspended following interim hearing

March 15, 2019

Councillor Ian Stevenson has been suspended for the remainder of his term in office (until 6 May 2019) following a decision made by the Acting Local Government Commissioner for Standards. The decision follows an Interim Hearing at which the Acting Commissioner Ian Gordon found that there was ‘prima facie evidence’ that Councillor Stevenson had breached … Continue reading Councillor suspended following interim hearing

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Alderman suspended for 6 months following breach of Councillor’s Code of Conduct

March 4, 2019

At an Adjudication Hearing held this morning the Northern Ireland Local Government Commissioner for Standards imposed a 6 month suspension on Alderman Ruth Patterson (Belfast City Council). The decision follows a hearing last week at which the Commissioner found that Alderman Patterson had breached the Local Government Code of Conduct. Alderman Patterson was found to … Continue reading Alderman suspended for 6 months following breach of Councillor’s Code of Conduct

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Alderman breached Code of Conduct – Commissioner

February 26, 2019

The Northern Ireland Local Government Commissioner for Standards has found that Alderman Ruth Patterson (Belfast City Council) breached the Local Government Code of Conduct (the Code) following comments she made at a meeting of Belfast City Council on 3 July 2017. At an Adjudication Hearing held on 25 February, the Commissioner found that during the … Continue reading Alderman breached Code of Conduct – Commissioner

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Councillor suspended for 5 months following drink-drive offence

January 29, 2019

The Northern Ireland Local Government Commissioner for Standards has imposed a 5 month suspension on Councillor Thomas Hogg (Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council) following an Adjudication Hearing held in Belfast (28 January 2019). The Commissioner found that Councillor Hogg had breached Paragraph 4.2 of the Local Government Code of Conduct (the Code) for his conduct … Continue reading Councillor suspended for 5 months following drink-drive offence

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Annual Report 2017-2018

January 10, 2019

The Local Government Commissioner for Standards, Marie Anderson, has today issued her Annual Report for 2017-18. The Commissioner is responsible for the investigation and adjudication of complaints about alleged breaches of the Northern Ireland Local Government Code of Conduct for Councillors (the Code). The Code aims to ensure the proper use of council’s resources and … Continue reading Annual Report 2017-2018

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Councillor suspended over conflict of interest breaches

December 14, 2018

The Local Government Commissioner for Standards, Marie Anderson, has imposed a 3 month suspension on Councillor George Duddy (Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council) following an Adjudication Hearing held yesterday (13 December). The decision follows an investigation by Deputy Commissioner Paul McFadden into allegations that Councillor Duddy had breached the rules of the Local Government … Continue reading Councillor suspended over conflict of interest breaches

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Commissioner rules on first local government conflict of interest case

December 6, 2018

The Northern Ireland Local Government Commissioner for Standards has imposed a 3-month partial suspension on Alderman Jim Rodgers (Belfast City Council) following an Adjudication Hearing held in Belfast yesterday (5 December 2018). Alderman Rodgers has been suspended from membership of the East Belfast Area Working Group and the Strategic Policy and Resources Committee of Belfast … Continue reading Commissioner rules on first local government conflict of interest case

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Interim Adjudication Hearing

September 18, 2018

PRESS RELEASE  The Acting Northern Ireland Local Government Commissioner for Standards has decided to suspend Independent Councillor Jolene Bunting (Belfast City Council) for four months while an investigation into complaints against her are ongoing.  The decision comes after an Interim Adjudication Hearing held at the Resolution Centre in Belfast on 4 September 2018. The Acting … Continue reading Interim Adjudication Hearing

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