In the 2005 municipal elections, the DUP became the largest party at the municipal level, with 182 councillors in Northern Ireland`s 26 district councils. [43] The DUP had a majority of members of Castlereagh Borough Council, which has long been a DUP mecca and was the home of party chairman Peter Robinson, also at Ballymena Borough Council, where party founder Ian Paisley was, and finally Ards Borough Council. In addition to monitoring these councils, the DUP was also the main party on eight other councils – Antrim Borough Council, Ballymoney Borough Council, Banbridge District Council, Belfast City Council, Carrickfergus Borough Council, Coleraine Borough Council, Craigavon Borough Council and Newtownabbey Borough Council. The DUP has been severely criticised in the wake of the Red Sky scandal, in which DUP ministers tried to influence a decision at a meeting of the Northern Ireland Housing Authority. The decision concerned an $8 million contract from Red Sky in east Belfast. The Housing Executive has terminated Red Sky`s contract following a bbc Spotlight investigation into the company, which is proving excessive. The DUP cited a “sectarian bias” in the decision. [52] The party suspended DUP City Councillor Jenny Palmer, who sat on the board of directors after admitting that Stephen Brimstone, a special adviser to the DUP, had pushed her to change her vote at the meeting. In May/June 1999, the Commission conducted a public opinion survey to understand the public`s attitude towards police work in Northern Ireland. The Commission has also visited various locations, including a number of police services in the United Kingdom, South Africa, Spain and the United States. On 9 September 1999, the Independent Police Commission of Northern Ireland presented its report and made recommendations on human rights issues, accountability, police work with the community, police structure, size of police service, composition of the police service and other issues. The Commission made 175 recommendations.1 Trade union political reactions to the report and its recommendations have not been positive.2″Police Labour Commission for Northern Ireland,” BBC News, seen on 29 January 2013, www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/schools/agreement/policing/commissi…

The DUP strongly opposes Northern Ireland`s backstop,[95] as it weakens Northern Ireland`s place in the United Kingdom,[96] and a number of commentators consider that the withdrawal agreement has not been ratified by the UK Parliament. [98] [99] Since 2018, the DUP has stated that Northern Ireland`s backstop must be withdrawn from the Brexit withdrawal agreement if it were to continue to support Theresa May`s government in the House of Commons[100][101] although the party said it was open to a deadline for the backstop. [102] The majority of Catholics in Northern Ireland, who belong to the United Kingdom, are known as “nationalists” because they want – at least in theory – the country to be part of the Republic of Ireland. Most Protestants are called trade unionists because they want to maintain the relationship between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom.