FUR­THER QUES­TIONS OVER ST PAUL’S LODGE

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ST PAUL’S Lodge in Bray was once again a topic of con­ver­sa­tion at Wick­low County Coun­cil level af­ter Cllr Brendan Thorn­hill sought a sus­pen­sion of stand­ing or­ders at Mon­day’s monthly meet­ing.

At pre­vi­ous meet­ings Cllr Thorn­hill had been un­suc­cess­ful in ef­forts to sus­pend stand­ing or­ders in or­der to dis­cuss le­gal ad­vice over the de­mol­ish­ment of St Paul’s Lodge as part of the de­vel­op­ment of the Floren­tine Cen­tre in Bray.

At Mon­day’s meet­ing he queried why Wick­low Coun­cil­lors on the Kil­dare and Wick­low Train­ing Board (KWETB) had re­ceived le­gal ad­vice they had sought.

‘This is about free-jus­tice. For St Paul’s we didn’t get any le­gal ad­vice. I would par­tic­u­larly like to hear the de­tails of the le­gal ad­vice re­ceived from Cllr Jim Rut­tle, who chairs the KWETB,’ said Cllr Thorn­hill.

Cllr Joe Be­han sec­onded the pro­posal for a sus­pen­sion of stand­ing or­ders so the mat­ter could be dis­cussed af­ter 4.30 p.m.. Cllr Christopher Fox ob­jected, stat­ing that the KWETB was an en­tirely dif­fer­ent mat­ter to St Paul’s Lodge.

‘Le­gal ad­vice was re­ceived spe­cific to the KWETB. It doesn’t have to be fur­nished to all the mem­bers.’

Cllr Pat Vance said: ‘The KWETB board did this all on their own. What are we do­ing here in the cham­ber dis­cussing their busi­ness? We have prob­lems all over the coun­try - a hous­ing cri­sis, a health cri­sis and peo­ple are ask­ing for this and for that from some­thing they aren’t even a mem­ber of. It’s pure mad­ness.’

Cllr Tommy An­nes­ley said all ques­tions in­volv­ing the KWETB would soon be an­swered in front of the Pub­lic Ac­counts Com­mit­tee (PAC). ‘A pre­sen­ta­tion will soon be made to PAC so this will all be pub­lic knowl­edge very, very soon. All of Cllr Rut­tle’s ques­tions will be an­swered. KWETB got ad­vice on a con­fi­den­tial is­sue. It couldn’t be brought up in this cham­ber. This is not the time but all ques­tions will soon be an­swered.’ Cllr Vin­cent Blake ad­vised: ‘Leave this to the KWETB to deal with the is­sue in their own time.’

Cllr Thorn­hill agreed to with­draw his pro­posal for a sus­pen­sion of stand­ing or­ders, but com­mented: ‘We were look­ing for le­gal ad­vice for St Paul’s and then saw Wick­low County Coun­cil get le­gal ad­vice for another body.’

BE­LOW: Af­ter the de­mo­li­tion.

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