8 July 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard


Cathaoirleach of Monaghan Co Council P J O’Hanlon was compelled to adjourn the business of Monday’s meeting of the local authority in Castleblayney for a five-minute “cooling off period” after councillors’ tempers became frayed over how best to address the issues arising from the UK’s recent ‘Brexit’ referendum decision to leave the European Union.

Sinn Féin councillors wanted a discussion to proceed at Monday’s meeting on a motion of urgent business they had tabled on the topic. But the Council instead decided to convene a special meeting for yesterday, Wednesday evening, devoted to the Brexit topic, which was still proceeding as we went to press.
SF seemed to interpret the move as a ploy by the other groupings on the Council to deny them the opportunity to “make the running” on the issue, and accused those who had opposed an urgent business discussion of hypocrisy and playing politics. Sean Conlon described the 11 members who voted against an immediate Brexit discussion as displaying “an astounding and unforgiveable dereliction of duty”.

This precipitated some vehement exchanges – during which Fianna Fáil’s Pádraig McNally told the …

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