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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 maintain public trust and confidence in local government. The Annual Report reveals that in 2017-18 … 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 Code of Conduct relating to general conduct and the disclosure and declaration of interests. At … 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 City Council. The suspension does not affect his wider responsibilities as a councillor. The Commissioner … 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 Commissioner Mr Ian Gordon found that there was prima facie evidence that Councillor Bunting had … Continue reading Interim Adjudication Hearing

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Outcome by way of Alternative Action

June 8, 2018

An apology from Councillor Nuala McAllister (Belfast City Council) regarding a complaint concerning an article published by Councillor McAllister in an Alliance Party campaign leaflet in February 2016: ‘I would like to make an apology in respect of a complaint made against me to the Local Government Commissioner for Standards in which it was alleged that I had breached the Code of Conduct for Councillors in Northern Ireland. The complaint … Continue reading Outcome by way of Alternative Action

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Adjudication Decision

April 27, 2018

PRESS RELEASE 27 April 2018 Councillor suspended for six months following conviction for drink-drive offence A councillor from Newry, Mourne and Down District Council has been suspended for six months at a hearing of the Northern Ireland Local Government Commissioner for Standards, held in Belfast on 26 April. Councillor Patrick Brown was found to have brought both his position as councillor and his council into disrepute following a conviction in … Continue reading Adjudication Decision

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Adjudication Decision

June 5, 2017

 Press Release At a Hearing of the Commissioner for NI Local Government Ethical Standards, held in Coleraine on 5 June 2017, the Acting Commissioner, Ian Gordon, concluded that Councillor Sean McGlinchey, a member of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, had breached the Councillors’ Code of Conduct and imposed a sanction of censure. The sanction was imposed following an investigation into a complaint that at the monthly meeting of the Council … Continue reading Adjudication Decision

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Decision on Sanction

November 29, 2016

At a reconvened Adjudication Hearing held on behalf of the Northern Ireland Local Government Commissioner for Standards in Coleraine today (Thursday 24th November 2016) the Acting Commissioner Mr Ian A Gordon OBE, having previously concluded that Causeway, Coast and Glens Borough Councillor Padraig McShane had breached the Councillors’ Code of Conduct, imposed a sanction on him of full suspension from Council activities for a period of three months.  The suspension … Continue reading Decision on Sanction

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Adjudication Decision

November 16, 2016

PRESS RELEASE Tuesday 15th November 2016  COUNCILLOR FOUND TO HAVE BREACHED THE COUNCILLOR’S CODE OF CONDUCT An Adjudication Hearing conducted on behalf of the Northern Ireland Local Government Commissioner for Standards, held at the offices of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council offices in Coleraine today (Tuesday 15th November 2016) has found that Councillor Padraig McShane had failed to comply with the Northern Ireland Local Government Code of Conduct for … Continue reading Adjudication Decision

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NILGA Event

October 31, 2016

The Northern Ireland Local Government Commissioner for Standards, Mrs Marie Anderson, her Deputy Commissioner, Mr Paul McFadden and members from the Local Government Ethical Standards Directorate attended the Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA) Event for Elected Members and the Planning Committee at Craigavon Civic Centre on Tuesday 25 October 2016. The Event was attended by approximately 40 councillors who gathered to hear about how they are affected by the … Continue reading NILGA Event

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