By Suzanne Pender
TO stream or not to stream? That was the question put to Carlow’s councillors last week and the answer was once again a resounding ‘no’.
A motion to ‘amend or rescind a motion’ on the issue of live-streaming the local authority’s monthly meetings was put before Carlow County Council at its May meeting. Senior executive officer Eamonn Brophy pointed out that the motion had previously been put to the members in July 2020 and again in October 2022 and on both occasions members voted not to stream the meetings.
This motion was an attempt to amend or rescind the result of those previous motions.
Cllr Adrienne Wallace brought forward the motion to rescind, adding that streaming was now ‘the norm’ among councils across of the country and would allow for “full transparency”. She urged fellow members to “move with the times”. Her motion was seconded by cllr Andy Gladney.
However, when it was put to a vote by a show of hands, the motion was defeated.