UUP Councillor Sonia Copeland has announced on Facebook that she has contacted the PSNI over the EXCLUSIVE story carried by Unionist Voice in relation to the clandestine bonfire meeting which targeted bonfire sites in east Belfast.
It is believed to be the first time a politician has reported a news article reporting on events within the council to the PSNI.
It is unclear what offence Ms Copeland believes has been committed. Matters relating to libel and defamation are dealt with via civil courts and therefore would not result in criminal ‘prosecutions’, contrary to what another UUP Councillor Jim Rodgers appeared to suggest yesterday.
Unionist Voice issued an open invitation to any person who was present at the clandestine bonfire meeting to outline their position on the matter, neither Councillor Copeland or Alderman Rodgers took up this invitation.
Instead Councillor Copeland has taken to Facebook and published a dismissal of the account provided by Unionist Voice in yesterday’s exclusive story.
The UUP member also blamed those with an “agenda” for being behind the story and claimed that she was in “no doubt” who was behind the leak, which she described as “trash”. It is not clear which fellow politician or council officer present at the meeting Councillor Copeland is referring to.
Unionist Voice would like to once again provide Councillor Copeland with the opportunity to answer a number of simple questions, the answers to which, in any event, would have to form part of any statement to the PSNI or civil affidavit.
1. Did you support the proposal to take out an injunction against the Walkway bonfire site in east Belfast?
2. After the initial proposal in relation to the Walkway bonfire, did you also support a suggestion to extend the injunction to another 3 sites in east Belfast?
3. Who specifically do you believe was behind the leak in relation to the account published by Unionist Voice in relation to the clandestine bonfire meeting?
All those present have remained publicly silent in relation to the content of the secret bonfire meeting, however with the blame game now starting it seems that the confidentiality agreement which has shielded many of those involved appears ever more vulnerable.
Unionist Voice stands over our EXCLUSIVE account of the clandestine meeting which can be read HERE
Any of those present at the meeting are free to contact Unionist Voice via EditorUnionistVoice@yahoo.com