Councils advised Zoom votes open to challenge

Existing laws mean that votes held by councils via Zoom or Skype could be found to be illegal

Aiden Corkery

Political Correspondent @aiden_corkery
19th April, 2020
Councils advised Zoom votes open to challenge
There was legal advice given to the councils that to have a properly constituted meeting it must be held in a physical place

County councils around the country have been advised not to hold their normal monthly meetings using teleconference tools such as Zoom or Skype, as some decisions taken at them could be open to legal challenge.

Local authorities around the country have cancelled meetings in order to comply with social distancing requirements, prompting requests from some councillors to hold the meetings online.

However, the Department of Housing and Local Government is understood to have advised that...

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Exclusive offers:

All Digital Access + eReader

Trial

€1

Unlimited Access for 1 Month

Get basic

*New subscribers only

You can cancel any time.

Annual

€200

€149 For the 1st Year

Unlimited Access for 1 Year

You can cancel any time.

Quarterly

€55

€42

90 Day Pass

You can cancel any time.

2 Yearly

€315

€248

Unlimited Access for 2 Years

You can cancel any time.

Team Pass

Get a Business Account for you and your team

Share this post

Related Stories

Analysis: Taoiseach pours cold water on idea of referendum

Home Michael Brennan 2 days ago

FF support plummets as public vent frustration over pace of vaccine rollout

Home Michael Brennan 5 days ago

Fianna Fáil takes hit over lockdown and slow rate of vaccine rollout

Home Michael Brennan 5 days ago

Varadkar and Donohoe clash over new tax break plans for remote workers

Home Michael Brennan 5 days ago