Council measures to avoid ‘unruly scenes’ at CAS vote

Sam Matthews

Reporter:

Sam Matthews

The anti-CAS protesters allow the truck to access the site without obstruction on Monday morning. Photo: Pat Moore.
Kilkenny County Council is proposing to strictly enforce its Standing Orders at next week’s meeting on the Central Access Scheme, so as to avoid any ‘unruly scenes’.

Kilkenny County Council is proposing to strictly enforce its Standing Orders at next week’s meeting on the Central Access Scheme, so as to avoid any ‘unruly scenes’.

The council members are to attend a special meeting on Monday at 3pm where a resolution on suspending work on the new bridge will be put to a vote. A notice under Section 140 of the Local Government Act 2001 (as amended) has been submitted by councillors Breda Gardner (Ind), Malcolm Noonan (Green Party) and Kathleen Funchion (Sinn Fein).

The council has said that the meeting is likely to attract members of the public, and it is proposing to enforce its Standing Orders, which specify a maximum attendance of 20 members of the public. The measure is to prevent a repeat of the scenes at the last meeting on the issue of the bridge, at which a number of elected members and officials were subjected to verbal abuse.

It is proposed that a total of 10 members of the public from both sides of the CAS debate will be allowed access to the meeting, governed by the distribution of tickets.

The council executive will present a report to the meeting dealing with the issues raised in the motion, and then it will be for the elected members to vote.

The three councillors named above have a number of grievances centring around the local authority’s signing of a contract for the construction. The group say that they want an immediate halt to works on the scheme unless the council conclusively proves it fulfilled its mandatory obligations.