Last gasp for the Cham­ber puffers

De­cem­ber 1989

Bray People - - NEWS -

A to­tal ban on smoking inside the Wick­low County Coun­cil cham­ber was in­tro­duced this week but it took mem­bers 20 min­utes to make a decision on the is­sue.

The ban now means that cig­a­rette, cigar and pipe smok­ers who at­tend meet­ings will now have to leave the room for a sat­is­fy­ing puff.

The lengthy de­bate was more used as a pre- Christ­mas amuse­ment is­sue for mem­bers rather than a se­ri­ous piece of leg­is­la­tion.

The mo­tion was pro­posed by non-smoking mem­bers Pat Do­ran, Jim Rut­tle, Mick Lawlor, Liz McManus, Sean Wolo­han, Pat Sweeney, Jim Giff, Tom Keenan and Hugh O’Keefe.

After due con­sid­er­a­tion, the mat­ter went to two votes, one on an amend­ment by Cllr Tom Keenan who took a U-turn and pro­posed that mem­bers vol­un­tar­ily re­frain from smoking dur­ing meet­ings, while the sec­ond was the orig­i­nal pro­posal.

Some felt the lo­cal au­thor­ity should be set­ting an ex­am­ple.

How could the au­thor­ity ex­pect peo­ple to re­frain in cer­tain pub­lic ar­eas when smoking was al­lowed in the coun­cil cham­ber?

When the pro­posal was won it was made clear that the smoking ban ap­plied to the of­fi­cials and the press as well.

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