Hill: ‘Everything looks good in the sun’ after Facebook comments

Councillor Hill's comments appeared on his Facebook profile following the DUP Newtownabbey branch meeting to select its candidate for next year's deputy mayor. INNT 20-609conco

Councillor Hill's comments appeared on his Facebook profile following the DUP Newtownabbey branch meeting to select its candidate for next year's deputy mayor. INNT 20-609conco

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COMMENTS made on Facebook which appeared under Councillor Robert Hill’s name have caused upset in the local branch of the DUP, party sources have said.

Councillor Hill, along with fellow DUP members Jackie Mann and Dineen Walker, had put forward their names for the party’s nomination for the position of deputy mayor ahead of next month’s council AGM.

On Friday, the branch met to discuss the nominations and selected Macedon representative Councillor Walker.

After the meeting, the following could be read on Councillor Hill’s Facebook page: “Amazing how many 2 faced gits can fit in a small room.”

The post remained on the University representative’s profile on Tuesday afternoon.

Councillor Hill would not comment on the posting. However, on not gaining the party’s deputy mayor endorsement, he said: “That’s just politics for you. You have to take the rough with the smooth and I would wish anybody that does get the positions of mayor and deputy mayor all the very best for the year ahead.”

Sources within the DUP have told the Times the Facebook comments had caused upset within the local branch and it remains to be seen what action the party may take against the councillor.

Councillor Hill, who was speaking to the Times from a sunbed in Crete, added: “Everything is fantastic. I’m sitting in the sun, it’s 27 degrees. How could anything be any better.”

The council will meet on June 3 to decide who replaces current mayor Victor Robinson and deputy Fraser Agnew.

It’s believed that among the Ulster Unionist camp, Fraser Agnew and Jim Bingham are putting themselves forward for the post of mayor.

It’s understood Antrim Line councillor Mark Cosgrove has thrown his name into the hat for consideration very recently.