An Ulster Unionist deputy mayor has said that the new “super council” boundaries are “a slap in the face to unionists”.
Newry and Mourne councillor David Taylor said that unionists in south Down and south Armagh would lose out after the Province’s councils are shrunk from 26 to 11.
Councillor Taylor said: “The new super-council model proposed by Sinn Fein/DUP could well ensure that a whole swathe of Northern Ireland stretching from Kilkeel to Markethill will go unrepresented by a unionist voice if it is allowed to go ahead.
“For 40 years the IRA tried to bomb and murder unionists out of the border areas, but now with the stroke of a pen, there is the distinct possibility that unionist voices will be wiped from the new council.
“This is a slap in the face to the unionists of south Down and south Armagh. I am saddened that the DUP are compliant with Sinn Fein in letting this happen and call upon them to rethink the consequences of these foolish actions.
“The DUP did a U-turn on the Maze. They can do a U-turn on the super-councils as well and ensure that the unionist voices of south Down and south Armagh aren’t sacrificed to ensure that a deal is done in other areas.”