THE DUP has called for a police and internal council investigation over claims toilets were damaged at Belfast City Hall during Sinn Fein’s Christmas knees up.
In a statement on Sunday, the party claimed damage was caused to the men’s toilets in the East Wing of the building during the Xmas party.
According to the DUP, one of the men’s urinals was pulled off the wall, along with metal water pipes as a result of which the toilets have been closed to the public for over a week.
DUP Group Leader Councillor Lee Reynolds said: “Our information is that the Sinn Fein Christmas party on Friday 20th December ended in a confrontation which spilled out from their party room into the nearby men’s toilets.
“We have received reports of drink fuelled fighting during which metal water pipes and one of the urinals were pulled off the toilet walls.
“We are calling for a full investigation by Council officials and the PSNI to ascertain what occurred and who was responsible.
“If it is possible to identify the culprits then charges should be brought.
“Every political party is responsible for the guests it invites into City Hall.
“This is a beautiful and historic building, enjoyed by tens of thousands of visitors every year and it should be treated with respect not abused.”
He called on Sinn Fein to offer a full and frank public explanation of what occurred.
Added Cllr Reynolds : “No event should cause the closure of part of the building through an act of vandalism or drunken fighting.”