‘Relief’ as Council meeting passes

The re-convened meeting of full Limavady council went ahead without disruption on Tuesday.

The August monthly meeting, on August 2, had been adjourned by Mayor, Sinn Fein councillor Sean McGlinchey who said he suspended the meeting “after Boyd Douglas of the TUV broke Council protocol by bringing another Union flag into the chamber”.

When councillors met at 5pm on Tuesday, business of the monthly meeting proceeded - which Mayor McGlinchey described as a relief.

“To be honest, I am very relieved business went ahead tonight. There is too much at stake here and when the meeting has to be adjourned there are no winnners,” he said. “Hopefully this is the end of it and we can move on. I am sure the ratepayers feel the same way too. We need to be in the chamber, all of us, working together, for all of the people of the borough.”

Colr. Douglas said he would “reserve the right” to bring his party logo into the chamber as he done in the past. He said he had brought a small Union flag and his party logo inside the chamber to two previous monthly meetings, which are chaired by Mayor McGlinchey.

“I have to say it is the mayor who is adjourning the meetings and causing all the disruption. The majority of members at the last meeting wanted it to go ahead.”

Last week, prior to the monthly meeting being adjourned, a meeting of Support Services chaired by Sinn Fein Colr. Tony McCaul had passed without disruption. After the resumption of monthly business on Tuesday the Development Services meeting, chaired by SDLP Colr. Michael Coyle, proceeded as usual.