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Public and media unable to access council’s first virtual meeting

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Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council held its first virtual meeting last night since Coronavirus lock-down measures were imposed but due to technical difficulties members of the public and media could not gain access.

A council spokesperson said “It is important that members of the public and press can access meetings.

We will review the mechanism for providing access to members of the press and public prior to the next meeting and hopefully improve on this.”

Earlier this month Communities Minister, Deirdre Hargey MLA outlined provisions put in place to enable each district council to hold meetings remotely in order for council business to safely proceed during the Coronavirus emergency.

Section 78 of the Coronavirus Act 2020 provides the Department for Communities with a power to make regulations regarding local government meetings.

Provisions were also put into place for members of the public to access virtual meetings.

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