A further adjournment has been called at today’s meeting of Donegal County Council due to heated exchanges involving independent councillor Frank McBrearty Jnr and Fianna Fáil chief whip Cllr. Ciaran Brogan.
This afternoon’s session of the meeting lasted barely ten minutes before it had to be adjourned for a second time. Mayor Ian McGarvey had adjourned the meeting before lunch due to stormy scenes involving Cllr. McBrearty and members of Fianna Fáil.
Tensions began to rise after Fianna Fáil nominated their own replacement for Fine Gael councillor Barry O’Neill’s seat on the Donegal Education and Training Board (ETB).
Cllr. O’Neill has resigned to due to work and family commitments. Fianna Fáil were called on to withdraw their nomination and to allow Cllr. O’Neill’s seat to be taken by Cllr. Martin Harley who had been nominated by Fine Gael.
The exchanges became more heated after Cllr. Brogan said councillors who could not meet their commitments should not take seats on committees and bodies.
Cllr. Brogan, told the meeting that Cllr. McBrearty had not attended the HSE’s Regional Health Forum West since January 2013.
An angry Cllr. McBrearty said his non-attendance at the forum was due to him being mayor from June 2012 to June 2013.
Following an adjournment Cllr. McBrearty called for Cllr. Brogan to apologise as his “name had been tarnished”. Cllr. Brogan said he had nothing else to say on the issue.
Following further heated exchanges, mainly involving Cllr. McBrearty and Fianna Fáil members, the meeting was adjourned until 3pm.
Only one substantive item has been fully dealt with on the agenda of the February meeting which was scheduled to start at 11am.