A few snippets from around the Councils.
Mickey Coogan, Chair of Down Council, has left Sinn Féin. Seems it is nothing more than the usual in-fighting and personality clash. Sinn Féin is a minor player on Down Council. I dont see any real legal problem. It is a power-sharing council. It was SFs turn to take the Chair in May. The other councilors fully expected him and SF to be there until May next year. Nor is it likely that SF will object to a man from the same political “gene pool” chairing the Council.
Of course, it is always a bit of a laugh when people in same party fall out. Down Council area……partly in Strangford and South Down constituencies is not a big SF area……one of the few areas where SDLP is dominant. Coogan was a candidate in the 2010 Assembly Election (Strangford) and it could be he is being eased out in favour of Naomi Bailey from the Ards Peninsula.
This story merits a thread on Slugger O’Toole.Which is fair enough………but a double standard…..for as yet Slugger has not noted that Cllr Frank McCoubrey, previously of the UDP (which spoke for the terrorist organisation UDA) has now joined the DUP on Belfast City Council.
A fellow member of the UDP was John “Coco” White……….who as a UDA/UFF man stabbed Cllr Paddy Wilson (SDLP) to death in North Belfast in 1973.
UPDATE: A thread on Frank McCoubrey has now been posted on Slugger O’Toole.