Thursday January 23, 2020

State introduces new powers to hit disruptive councillors in the pocket

Councillors will have their salaries and expenses cut off completely for six months if they keep engaging in disruptive behaviour at meetings.

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

@obraonain
26th January, 2014
Environment Minister Phil Hogan. Picture: Barbara Lindberg

Councillors will have their salaries and expenses cut off completely for six months if they keep engaging in disruptive behaviour at meetings.

They can also be suspended for up to six months and have their right of access to council officials and facilities denied if they refuse an order to leave the meeting.

The new powers are being introduced due to the lack of any effective sanctions against councillors who engaged in disruptive behaviour repeatedly...

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