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Call for council meetings to be streamed online

Monday, 12th May, 2014 3:22pm

Call for council meetings to be streamed online

The new council building, where meetings will be held in the future.

A call has been made for Meath County Council meetings to be streamed online.Cllr Eoin Holmes said the meetings of Meath County Council should be readily available to the public online.
“People should be allowed to watch the proceedings of Council meetings live or afterwards,” he said.
Cllr Holmes has also suggested that all candidates running in the Local Elections should state their position in relation to putting the County Council Meetings online.
“I passionately believe that, in this day and age, the people of Meath should be able to watch their councillors and officials at the monthly council meetings. Important business relating to the running of the county and effecting the future of our county is discussed and decided upon. People have a right to be able to watch and listen to that business.”
“During this Council’s present term, I have tried to garner support for this idea, to no avail. I am a member of the protocol committee, and as such, I have been able to effect positive changes to the way in which the Council runs its business. Yet, whenever I raise the issue of streaming our public meetings online I meet massive and stubborn resistance from most of the Protocol Committee members. Indeed, only my fellow Labour Councillor, Niamh McGowan, has been fully supportive of the idea.”
Councillor Holmes stated that rather strange, even bizarre, reasons were proffered by some councillors as to why they did not want the public to be able to follow the proceedings of Council meetings online. “One Councillor suggested that he thought that it would be undemocratic for the citizens of Meath to be able to watch the meetings! Another was concerned that people would be able to check online to see if you actually said what you told them you said!”

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