Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Newly elected members of Laois County Council pictured at their AGM in June 2019, with chief executive John Mulholland (front right). Two members have retired, cllr Mary Sweeney (front left), who has yet to be replaced and Tom Mulhall (back, fourth from left), who was replaced by cllr PJ Kelly earlier this year

By Ryan Dunne

COUNTY councillors are back in county hall for their monthly meetings – but the advice to anyone who suspects they may have Covid is still very much to “stay out, if in doubt”.

At yesterday’s meeting of Laois County Council, cathaoirleach cllr Conor Bergin said it was great to see people back in the council chamber, for the first monthly county council meeting held there since restrictions were imposed in March 2020. Since then, meetings were held in the Dunamaise Arts Centre.

“It’s been difficult the last two years since the pandemic started,” said cllr Bergin, going on to remind members that “Covid is very much with us”.

“There’s a huge responsibility on us as elected representatives to be seen to be leaders and adhere to all regulations,” he said.

Chief executive John Mulholland said that everyone should do their best to maintain a presence in the chamber for as long as they could. However, he urged people not to attend public places if they happen to be sick.

“I had a touch of flu myself and it’s a difficult thing to stay out when you think you’re not really affected, but you have to accept that you are and stay away from the workplace,” he said.

The chief executive reminded everyone of the advice being practised by all council staff: “Stay out, if in doubt.”

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