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McGurk calls for greater public access to council meetings

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Sinn Fein Councillor, Kathleen McGurk, has called for greater public access to Causeway Coast & Glen’s new remote meeting sessions.

Speaking last Tuesday night at the council’s 2nd remote meeting, Cllr McGurk made the comments in relation to a draft protocol for the new remote style meetings.

“The draft protocol called for any member of the public wishing to access council meetings to register their request with the Democratic Services team and a link would then be provided for access to the meeting. I argued that this created unnecessary barriers to the public and meetings should simply be broadcast via a link from the council’s website. This would open up council business for greater scrutiny from the public and perhaps attract a new audience for council meetings. This can only be a positive for democracy at local government level.”

The council Chief Executive has now been tasked with revising the draft protocol and bringing back before Councillors to approve. Cllr McGurk added “I am confident the technology exists to open meetings up to the public and hope to see it rolled out in the very near future. I would encourage anyone interested in remotely accessing a council meeting to get in touch with Democratic Services and get registered”

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