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CLLR BRENDAN Thorn­hill was ac­cused of lack­ing ‘sen­si­tiv­ity’ af­ter seek­ing a suspension of standing or­ders so is­sues re­lat­ing to Bray Boxing Club could be dis­cussed.

Speak­ing near the start of Mon­day’s meet­ing of Wick­low

County Coun­cil, Cllr Thorn­hill called for the suspension of standing or­ders fol­low­ing a shoot­ing at the club last week which re­sulted in the death of Bobby Mes­sett and in­jury to two oth­ers.

‘We need to dis­cuss Bray Boxing Club and the fall-out. It is some­thing we should re­ally take on board. It could have turned into a massacre. Look at Dun­blane...’ said Cllr Thorn­hill.

How­ever, other elected mem­bers in­ter­rupted to say that it wasn’t the ap­pro­pri­ate time to dis­cuss the is­sue given that the Gar­daí were still in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent.

Cllr Pat Vance in­ter­jected, stat­ing: ‘A man was mur­dered and it’s not ap­pro­pri­ate to dis­cuss at this time. There is a garda in­ves­ti­ga­tion which re­mains live.’

Cllr Thorn­hill replied that he only wanted to dis­cuss the run­ning of the club.

‘ This hap­pened on prop­erty be­long­ing to Wick­low County Coun­cil. It has noth­ing to do with the mur­der or the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. I want to dis­cuss the run­ning of the club and the lease.’

Cllr Gerry Walsh said it was ‘ to­tally in­ad­vis­able’ to talk about the mat­ter at this time.

‘ This is a highly sen­si­tive mat­ter and a young man lost his life. I would urge that it isn’t de­bated in this coun­cil cham­ber to­day,’ said Cllr Walsh.

Cllr Daire Nolan said: ‘ There is a live, on­go­ing garda in­ves­ti­ga­tion tak­ing place. It does need to be dis­cussed but to­day isn’t the right day. Of course I and every­one in this cham­ber wants to see the per­pe­tra­tors brought to jus­tice but by dis­cussing it in an open cham­ber we could po­ten­tially ham­per the garda in­ves­ti­ga­tion.’

An an­gry Cllr John Ryan crit­i­cised Cllr Thorn­hill for his use of words.

‘I am as­ton­ished that some­one would ac­tu­ally men­tion the word massacre. The com­plete lack of sen­si­tiv­ity is com­pletely breath­tak­ing,’ he said.

Cllr Michael O’Con­nor felt Bray Boxing Club needed to be dis­cussed but at a more ap­pro­pri­ate time.

‘I have no doubt and be­lieve that Cllr Thorn­hill’s heart is in the right place and I think it is pos­si­ble to dis­cuss with­out im­pact­ing on the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. How­ever, it might be bet­ter to dis­cuss this fur­ther down the line – but we do need to have that con­ver­sa­tion.’

Cllr Thorn­hill in­sisted: ‘I only want to find out about the club and the way it is run. It is meant to be a com­mu­nity club. Were Wick­low County Coun­cil ever ap­proached by other peo­ple? There were 20 peo­ple in that club.’

No one was will­ing to sec­ond Cllr Thorn­hill’s re­quest for a suspension of standing or­ders so cathaoir­leach Cllr Ed­ward Tim­mins con­tin­ued with the agenda for the meet­ing.

Bobby Mes­sett was killed and two other men in­jured in a shoot­ing at Bray Boxing Club on Tues­day, June 5.

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