KELLY WELCOMES COUNCIL NEXT STEP ON LIVE STREAMING OF MEETINGS

SDLP South Belfast Councillor Niall Kelly has welcomed the decision today (Friday 22nd January) by Belfast City Council’s Policy & Resources committee to agree, in principle, to the live streaming and archiving of Council meetings.

Speaking after the committee meeting Cllr. Kelly said, “I am very happy that the Policy & Resources committee has backed my call to stream council meetings online. Belfast City Council has a reputation as a progressive Council, which has led the way in taking informed, transparent decisions which provide the public with as much information as possible and today’s decision has shown this.

“I am a firm believer that new technologies should be embraced and that Belfast City Council should take every step to ensure that we are open, transparent and accountable. As the first Council in the North of Ireland to agree to go ahead with live streaming Belfast is showing real leadership and a desire to engage with it’s citizens. I am hopeful that in 2011 this system will be up and running and that it will be the benchmark for transparency and accountability in local government.”

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