At the June meeting of Louth County Council, Sinn Féin Cllr. Kenneth Flood tabled a motion requesting that further meetings should be broadcast or streamed online.
Cllr. Flood said “People often complain of a disconnect between politicians and the general public. However, it is not always feasible for citizens to attend council meetings where decisions are taken that can affect their daily lives. So let’s use modern technology and bring the meetings to them.”
Cllr Flood said “We are accountable to the public who pay our wages so it is only fitting they get to see what is happening in the chamber on their behalf. I believe that streaming council meetings will reconnect the Council with the population in Louth. To have transparency is never a bad thing.”
Councillor Flood received cross-party support for his motion and it will now move to the Corporate Policy Group who will examine how it can be implemented.
Dublin Council, Fingal and Dun Laoghaire Councils have been doing webcasts of their Council meetings for some time now so perhaps Louth County Council will be next.