Cllr O’Brien criticises Fine Gael/Fianna Fáil coalition moves to curtail speaking time in Dún Laoghaire- Rathdown Council
Sinn FéinDún Laoghaire-Rathdown councillor Shane O’ Brien has slammed moves made by the ruling coalition of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil on Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council to curtail the allotted speaking times and number of motions permitted at the monthly Council Meetings.
Cllr O’ Brien said:
“In a highly undemocratic, cynical move, made under the guise of efficiency the ruling coalition of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have moved to gag councillors at monthly Council Meetings.
“The plan is devious and an absolute insult to all those who came out to vote in the 2014 Local Elections.
“Each elected member has the democratic mandate to bring forward motions, raise concerns or ask questions and only has the opportunity to do this once a month in a public forum at full council meetings.
“It would seem that this move aims to stifle debate and dissent within the council.
“Limiting each member to a paltry four minutes speaking time per meeting would not allow myself or my Sinn Féin colleagues the time to do the job that the people we represent expect us to do.
“It is the third occasion during this term of this council that FG/FF have chosen to attack local democracy.
“There is a stark contrast between-what was promised by this Government in terms of Local Government Reform- " Putting People First" and what has been delivered locally by a FF/FG ruling majority.”