Councillor O’Toole thrown out of meeting

Cllr Larry O’Toole of Sinn Fein was thrown out of a meeting of Dublin City Council last night by the Lord Mayor Gerry Breen (pictured).

At the first council meeting of the new Fine Gael mayor, Breen turned off O’Toole’s  microphone in an apparent attempt to stop him from interrupting Paddy Bourke (Labour) from speaking in a debate on Dublin’s threatened swimming pools.

After turning off the microphone, Cllr Breen said: “Councillor O’Toole. Councillor O’Toole. Councillor O’Toole. No-one can hear you speak Councillor. Mind your blood pressure; we’re very concerned about you.”

On a live blog of the meeting last night, Christine Bohan, a journalist and veteran observer of Dublin City Council meetings, commented: “That all came out of nowhere. Paddy Bourke was about to start speaking when Larry O’Toole tried to cut in. Gerry Breen was having none of it. He turned off O’Toole’s microphone and started berating him in a tone that went from sing-song to angry to amused.”

O’Toole continued until Breen told him to leave the chamber.

Bohan wrote, “Larry O’Toole was out of order but no more than any other councillor who has butted in on another speaker of the past few months (ie lots and lots of them). Never seen anyone getting thrown out before.”

A video archive of last night’s meeting is due to be available soon at http://www.dublincity.public-i.tv/site/, meetings – usually at the first Monday of each month – are also broadcasted live from this address. Christine Bohan can be found on twitter at @ChristineBohan.

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