Mid Ulster District Council’s Audit Committee has agreed to investigate the procurement practices of the former councils.
The Committee met this afternoon (4 September) and expressed its concern at media reports of the procurement methods used by the former Magherafelt District Council and, while the matters under consideration are legacy issues, Mid Ulster District Council believes it should investigate to establish the facts.
Speaking after the meeting, Chair of the Committee, Councillor Trevor Wilson, said:
“We take this matter seriously and before any further comment can be made, we must establish the facts about procurement practices in the legacy councils. While we believe our new policies and procedures for procurement are robust and follow best practice, the results of the investigation will ensure this is the case.
Councillor Caoimhe O’Neill, Vice Chair of the Committee, said:
“Mid Ulster District Council is committed to the highest standards of probity in all aspects of its work and the Audit Committee will continue to oversee the effectiveness of our governance arrangements”.
The process has commenced and will be completed as quickly as possible.