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Take 9 cllrs, add 5 reporters and... 15.02.08

A BUNCRANA councillor has urged the town's citizens to exercise their right to attend monthly Council meetings.
Cllr. Daren Lalor has consistently lobbied for the townspeople to come and see the workings of local authority meetings.
As it stands, the room in which meetings are held barely contains the nine councillors and the various Council staff members and executives.
Add four or five local reporters, a packed agenda and it's stuffy, standing room only. But Cllr. Lalor has also been consistent in his calls for a proper public gallery in any new civic offices of the future.
"It's vitally important that members of our community are aware of the ongoing work done in the chamber on their behalf," he said.. It needs to be clearly stated that all members of our
Cllr. Daren Lalor.
community are welcome to attend such meetings. While we, as elected representatives, have healthy political differences we also, contrary to popular belief, agree on many issues to progress the town forward."
The Sinn Féin councillor said the increasing number of deputations was "encouraging".
"It is encouraging during my term in office, that so many community and voluntary groups have made deputations at our meetings but it is also important that those individuals who do take an interest in issues that are affecting our town are encouraged to come along and witness the work the elected representatives do on their behalf."
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