Spotlight on local councils

Both Mick and Fair Deal have threads currently running on disputes at local government level between nationalists and unionists. One organisation with the power to punish local councillors for wasting public money is the N Ireland Audit Office, which has been called upon to formally investigate the activities of one of the largest unionist-controlled councils, namely Lisburn Council. The Equality Commission, which can also take cases against government bodies, has already launched an investigation into this Council.