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Former councillor disqualified for 4 years following sexual assault

June 29, 2021

Former councillor Ian Stevenson (Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council) has been disqualified from being a councillor until 30 April 2025 following an Adjudication Hearing held on 28 June. Acting Commissioner Ms Katrin Shaw found that Mr Stevenson had breached Paragraph 4.2 of the Local Government Code of Conduct (the Code) following his conviction in December 2018 for sexual assault. Paragraph 4.2 states that councillors must not bring their position … Continue reading Former councillor disqualified for 4 years following sexual assault

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Ards and North Down Borough councillor suspended for 6 weeks

June 15, 2021

Councillor Colin Kennedy (Ards and North Down Borough Council) has been suspended for a period of 6 weeks at an Adjudication Hearing held on 11 June 2021. Acting Commissioner, Mr Ian Gordon, imposed a 6 week suspension in respect of Councillor Kennedy, having previously found on 2 March 2021 that he had breached the Local Government Code of Conduct (the Code). This arose from an incident which occurred at the … Continue reading Ards and North Down Borough councillor suspended for 6 weeks

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Former councillor disqualified for 5 years following sexual assault

June 11, 2021

Former councillor Brian Duffin (Antrim and Newtownabbey Council) has been disqualified for a period of 5 years at an Adjudication Hearing held on 9 June 2021. Acting Commissioner Mr Ian Gordon found that Mr Duffin had breached Paragraph 4.2 of the Local Government Code of Conduct (the Code) following his conviction at Antrim Magistrate’s Court on 19 June 2018. Paragraph 4.2 states that councillors must not bring their position as … Continue reading Former councillor disqualified for 5 years following sexual assault

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

April 6, 2020

Like everyone we have been actively monitoring the developing situation regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on our work. Our office is currently closed to the public and our staff are working from home.  Our phone line (0800 343424) continues to be available for voicemail messages and we are returning calls, where necessary, as soon as we can. We will not be routinely accessing our post, but it is being … Continue reading Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

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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 conduct which led to a drink-driving conviction in March 2016. Paragraph 4.2 states that councillors … 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 former councillor from Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council. A member of the public complained to … 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 the Local Government Code of Conduct as a result of his conviction for sexually assaulting … 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 have brought her position as a councillor, and the council into disrepute following comments she … 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 meeting Alderman Patterson acted in breach of the Code in linking the players and members … 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 leading to a drink driving conviction in May 2018. Paragraph 4.2 states that councillors must … Continue reading Councillor suspended for 5 months following drink-drive offence

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