Newry and Mourne District Council last night rejected a unionist motion of “no confidence” in a cross-border funding body which accused victims’ group FAIR of major failings in administration.
The motion, proposed by UKIP councillor Henry Reilly, related to the Special European Union Programmes Body (SEUPB).
Mr Reilly said all unionist councillors supported the motion but that the nationalist majority of Sinn Fein and SDLP councillors rejected it, with several SDLP councillors abstaining.
Mr Reilly said he put the motion down “mostly because of the way that FAIR have been treated” but also because of how SEUPB provided money for the Warrenpoint bridge.
SDLP councillor John McArdle said his party had asked SEUPB six weeks ago to meet the council to discuss funding issues.