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Ceisteanna — Questions. Oral Answers. - Exclusion of Press from Council Meetings.

Tuesday, 18 October 1966

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 224 No. 10

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Mr. L'Estrange: Information on Gerald L'Estrange Zoom on Gerald L'Estrange asked the Minister for Local Government if a local authority may exclude the press from its meetings without his prior sanction; and, if not, the number of local authorities that have sought such sanction.

Minister for Local Government (Mr. Blaney): Information on Neil T.C. Blaney Zoom on Neil T.C. Blaney Section 15 of the Local Government (Ireland) Act, 1902, provides that no resolution of any council, board or commissioners to exclude the press from meetings of the authority shall be valid unless it has been sanctioned by the Minister. There is no record in my Department of any application for sanction to such a resolution.

Mr. L'Estrange: Information on Gerald L'Estrange Zoom on Gerald L'Estrange Is the Minister aware of any local authority in the country at present who prohibit the press from attending their meetings?

Mr. Blaney: Information on Neil T.C. Blaney Zoom on Neil T.C. Blaney I am not aware.

Mr. L'Estrange: Information on Gerald L'Estrange Zoom on Gerald L'Estrange According to press reports recently, there are some.

Mr. Blaney: Information on Neil T.C. Blaney Zoom on Neil T.C. Blaney I do not think so.

Mr. L'Estrange: Information on Gerald L'Estrange Zoom on Gerald L'Estrange Even in the Irish Press.

Mr. Blaney: Information on Neil T.C. Blaney Zoom on Neil T.C. Blaney I still do not think so.


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