Coun­cil­lors to share place on com­mit­tee

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

THREE COUN­CIL­LORS will dis­cuss amongst them­selves how they will share a po­si­tion on the Au­dit Com­mit­tee of Wick­low Count Coun­cil.

Only two elected mem­bers are al­lowed sit on the Au­dit Com­mit­tee. Cllr Mary Ka­vangh was nominated by Cllr Joe Be­han, while Coun­cil­lors Ed­ward Tim­mins and Gerry Walsh were al­ready mem­bers.

Wick­low County Coun­cil Cathaoir­leach, Cllr Irene Win­ters, said prob­lems over three sit­ting mem­bers arose two and a half years ago when a po­si­tion on the Au­dit Com­mit­tee was left va­cant by Pat Casey’s election to the Dáil.

‘We weren’t al­lowed three coun­cil­lors when Pat Casey stood down. I was in­ter­ested in taking up a po­si­tion but we were told no less than two coun­cil­lors were al­lowed.’

Cllr Gerry Walsh said he had re­placed Mr Casey and found the Au­dit Com­mit­tee to be ‘most ef­fec­tive.’

How­ever, he added: ‘If other mem­bers are pre­pared to go on and re­place me then I am open to that.’

Cllr Ed­ward Tim­mins has been a mem­ber of the com­mit­tee for close to ten years.

He said: ‘It’s a very good and serious com­mit­tee. It prob­a­bly should be fresh­ened up. It has to an­swer hard ques­tions, while equally re­spect­ing the con­fi­den­tial­ity of the of­fice.’

The three nominated Coun­cil­lors will dis­cuss amongst them­selves how they will share the two po­si­tions on the Au­dit Com­mit­tee be­fore com­ing to an agree­ment.

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