‘Back door censorship’ will not be tolerated - Alliance

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The Alliance Party group on Newtownabbey Council has claimed that any attempt by the DUP to alter future decisions made by the council’s artistic board would amount to “censorship by the back door.”

The board of 17 elected and independent members is responsible for deciding the programme of shows and events for the borough’s two theatres - The Courtyard and Theatre at The Mill.

Speaking after Monday night’s full council meeting, during which a majority of members voted for a DUP motion calling for a review of the board’s decision-making procedures, Councillor John Blair said: “I am disgusted at how this issue descended into a complete farce, but at least the play has now been given the go-ahead, despite attempts by the DUP to block it.


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