A Newry-based independent councillor has said he plans to donate his expenses from the new Newry, Mourne and Down District Council.
Kevin McAteer says he will make a donation after each three month period by saving up his monthly payments.
Councillor McAteer said: “This is something I thought about for a long time. I plan to donate my expenses to a charity of my choice in an effort to help others. Politics for me has never been about money – it’s about helping others.”
Councillor McAteer has said he will allow his expenses to build up over three months and then donate that amount every three months to a different charity in the hope that it will help someone in need.
“I know I will probably come under criticism from the political parties but I know this money – no matter how little it may be – will help a lot of people and that’s what is important.”
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