Motion to webcast South Dublin County Council meetings passes

by Padraig Conlon

Local councillors have voted to webcast meetings at South Dublin County Council, in a move described as a “progressive step forward.”

SDCC was the only council in Dublin not to use a webcasting system allowing the public and media alike to watch council meetings.

At this month’s council meeting the motion, which was submitted by Independent Cllr Francis Timmons in June, was supported with a result of 24 for and two abstentions.

Speaking following the result, Councillor Timmons said: “I am delighted after several motions at the last council, that the new council has supported my motion to webcast council meetings.

“I believe this is a progressive step forward for SDCC, I believe that in the interest of openness and transparency that we need to have all public meeting via webcasting, we will now join the other local authorities and several councils throughout Ireland, that the public can follow via webcast what there council is doing.

“Almost 60% voted for none of the elected councillors, I believe there is a disconnect between the public and elected representatives and the council.

“We need to begin to bridge this gap and I believe this is a start.”

Acknowledging the result, the council said it “agrees that in the interest of openness and transparency, that a costing be factored into the council October Budget for the webcasting of all public council meetings.”

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