Paramilitaries 'more influential than politicians'


Paramilitary groups are more influential in Belfast than MPs and Assembly members, according to private research carried out for Belfast City Council.

The survey, which has yet to go before a full council meeting before release, found that respondents saw the council and the Department of the Environment as the only bodies that play a more leading role in the city than paramilitaries.

A total of 1,583 residents were questioned by the council. Their answers are used by City Hall as a foundation for policy formation.