Garda on Town Hall duty af­ter big row at meet­ing

Bray People - - News -

A GARDA was due to be posted out­side the Town Hall for last night’s Coun­cil meet­ing fol­low­ing a heated ex­change the pre­vi­ous week be­tween Cllr. Caro­line Bur­rell and lo­cal trader Shane Rowan.

The ar­gu­ment arose af­ter the meet­ing that week, and be­gan when Mr. Rowan took ex­cep­tion to Cllr. Bur­rell us­ing her mo­bile phone, seem­ingly to text, dur­ing the meet­ing. He ap­proached her and a dis­cus­sion en­sued.

As voices rose, Cllr. Bur­rell called to the other mem­bers for help and Mr. Rowan was asked to leave the cham­ber. While there is a stand­ing or­der in place pre­vent­ing the use of mo­bile phones, Cllr. Bur­rell said that this refers to only the use of the de­vice for talk­ing.

‘As long as it’s not dis­turb­ing the meet­ing it’s ok,’ she said. ‘One could be tex­ting a con­stituent to up­date them on their is­sue. I could have been tex­ting home about the chil­dren.’

She added that the par­tic­u­lar meet­ing had been very pro­duc­tive, with all coun­cil­lors work­ing to­gether. Mr. Rowan main­tains that the use of mo­biles in the cham­ber is ‘a dis­grace.’

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