Local Election candidate calls for online broadcast of council meetings

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Brian Leddin will run for the Green Party in the 2019 local elections. pic: Conor Buckley Limerick News
Brian Leddin will run for the Green Party in the 2019 local elections. pic: Conor Buckley

THE Green Party candidate for Limerick City North has called for Limerick City and County Council to broadcast council meetings over the internet.

“Dublin City Council have been streaming council meetings live since 2007. I’ve asked the company who provides their video system and they said up to 500 viewers tune in to watch council meetings live, with more watching at a later date”, Brian Leddin noted.

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“Democracy works best in the open. While council meetings are theoretically open to the public, only a handful of people normally show up in the public gallery.”

The Green Party candidate also called for better searching of meetings and voting records, “It should be easy to see how your councillors vote and what decisions have been taken. At the moment it is quite difficult to view decisions taken by councillors on the council website, and often impossible to see how individual councillors voted”, Mr Leddin concluded.