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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Democracy 1 Administration 0

Dún Laoghaire councillors have voted against the introduction of clamping in their authority.

This is against the wishes of the County Manager, Owen Keegan.

Mr Keegan had intended to introduce clamping for "persistent offenders" - those found to have parked illegally on three occasions - from June 1st. He said he would be seeking a legal opinion from a senior barrister on the councillors' decision.

Fianna Fáil councillor Cormac Devlin last night accused Mr Keegan of trying to stall the council by introducing doubt over the legality of the motion.

Why does the manager even have the ability to challenge a decision of the public representatives? The decision of the councillors is democracy at work and if the County Manager doesn't like it then there is only one course of action open to him.


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