Laois Councillors Involved In War Of Words At Council Meeting

The argument arose over public access to council meetings.

A Laois county councillor stormed out of a meeting this week in a row over live streaming. 

The dispute arose over why online access to proceedings couldn't be granted to members of the public. 

The council is still considering protocols for public access six months after a Fine Gael motion to that effect had been passed.

Councillor Aisling Moran demanded to know why it had not been resolved, leading to Fianna Fáil rep Paschal McEvoy declaring he has a problem with live streaming council meetings. 

Cllr. Moran retorted there was no reason to be afraid if there is nothing to hide and the row escalated to the point where Cllr. McEvoy left the chamber.

The exchange was described by colleagues as "school yard stuff" and that it would end up in court if live streamed.

The meeting was adjourned for Cllr. Moran to apologise and withdraw her comments.

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