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Live streaming council meetings could cost up to €90k per year

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Cllr Leonard Kelly

Cllr Leonard Kelly

Cllr Leonard Kelly

Following up on a previous proposal to live-stream council meetings online, it became clear that Cllr Leonard Kelly would run into some opposition on the idea at this month's council meeting. When Cllr Kelly sought an update on his proposal, he was informed that it had come before the protocol committee and had been deferred until later in the year.

'We've done some research on it and the cost of the system, on a five year contract, would be €90,000 per year,' said Director of Services Eddie Taaffe.

'There would also be a number of policies and procedures that would have to be put in place, but seeing as the funding is not currently available, it was agreed to defer until later in the year.'

When pressed by Cllr Kelly as to whether plans to implement live streaming of meetings would go ahead in the Autumn, Mr Taaffe said that all of the members would have to be 'agreeable in principle' to it and then it would have to get the funding.

Cllr Anthony Donohoe then expressed his own disdain for the proposal.

'I don't think I'm misquoting the Director by saying that other councils that use a streaming service were researched and at any given time, council meetings were only watched by ten to twelve people live. Do we want to spend €90,000 a year for that?'

Cllr Kelly became annoyed at this point of view before Cllr Donohoe concluded by saying: 'Well I know what way I'll be voting on it anyway!'

Wexford People