The DUP has criticised Belfast Lord Mayor Mairtin O’Muilleoir’s absence from another British event, this time the launch of the RAF Wings Appeal.
The appeal, on behalf of the RAF Association, was set up in 1951 to assist serving and former RAF personnel and their families who are in need – and this year’s appeal will be launched at Belfast City Hall on Friday to coincide with the anniversary of the Battle of Britain.
A spokeswoman for Belfast City Council said that the Deputy Lord Mayor, DUP councillor Christopher Stalford, would fulfil the engagement as the Lord Mayor would be on holiday at the time. Yesterday, the Lord Mayor was unable to be contacted so it was impossible to establish whether, had he not been on holiday, he would have attended.
Lee Reynolds, the DUP leader on the council, said: “If the Lord Mayor has slighted this event it would fit an existing pattern.
“He did not attend the Somme service, declined to send congratulations to the Royal couple on the birth of their son and remained silent when asked to disassociate himself from Gerry Kelly’s disgusting comments at Castlederg.
“While there has been talk of being a Lord Mayor for all he remains under the direction of Connolly House.”
Last year’s Wings Appeal was launched by the then DUP Lord Mayor, Gavin Robinson.