Minister’s repayment of Council’s £300k welcomed

October 26, 2015

Sinn Fein Group Leader on Newry Mourne and Down Council, Terry Hearty, has welcomed the reimbursement of almost £300,000 from the Rate Support Grant to the Council.

The money had initially been cut by SDLP Environment Minister Mark H Durkan but, following pressure from Councilors, reversed his decision and has announced the return of a significant portion of the grant.

Welcoming the move, Councillor Hearty said: “This money should never have been cut.  At a time when local businesses are facing into an uncertain future, it was absolutely reckless of the Minister to cut such vital funding,” he said.

“A delegation of councillors from right across the north were due to meet the Minister next month to discuss this issue and thankfully, after coming under pressure from local councils, he has come to his senses and reversed this disastrous decision.”