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Remote meeting ructions rumble on in Wexford as Deputy Verona Murphy disappears from view

Cathaoirleach Cllr Michael Sheehan adamant the Wexford TD should be on screen at all times during New Ross Municipal District meeting

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Verona Murphy TD.

Verona Murphy TD.

Cllr Michael Sheehan.

Cllr Michael Sheehan.

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Verona Murphy TD.

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It was a case of Verona Murphy watch for New Ross Municipal District cathaoirleach Michael Sheehan at Wednesday’s meeting as he grew increasingly frustrated with the TD disappearing from view on the TV screen after she dialled in via Microsoft Teams.

The Independent TD makes it her business to attend as many council meetings as she can online but the Fianna Fáil man was adamant she be on screen at all times. He put forward a motion – which was adopted by his fellow councillors –that any member of the public online on the meeting – stay on camera.

During a presentation on the need for Ramsgrange to get connected to the new wastewater treatment plant in Ballyhack, Deputy Murphy disappeared from screen – leaving Cllr Sheehan staring glumly at only an image of Hook Lighthouse as her backdrop.

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When Cllr Sheehan drew this to area manager Mick McCormack and the other attendees’ attention, Cllr Pat Barden said: “Move on. Don’t be getting wrapped up in a little thing like that.”

Shortly afterwards a disagreement broke out between the chairman and Mr McCormack.

Cllr Sheehan said: “A member who should be on camera is not on camera.”

The disagreement arose over who had the power to intervene and possibly remove the deputy from attending the meeting, but then her face reappeared on screen. 

Afterwards the meeting proceeded without interruption.   


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