Members of the public will be able to see what is happening at monthly meetings of Wicklow County Council following the re-introduction of an on-screen text service.
The service – used today (Monday) at the Council’s January meeting – allows instant access to the general public of detailed information about issues discussed at Council meetings bringing more openness and transparency to the process. It will be of particular benefit for the hard of hearing and the visually impaired.
The Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council, Cllr Pat Vance, in welcoming service provider, MyClearText, to the meeting said: “Live texting of Council meetings is a prime example of the use of information technology to engage the citizens of County Wicklow and give direct access into the core decision making process of the elected members.”
The Chief Executive of Wicklow County Council, Mr Frank Curran, said the initiative “will significantly improve communications and engagement with the public in this area and the elected members by participating in this process confirms the Council’s reputation as an innovative Council that listens to its citizens and is open to new mediums of technology to improve the channels of communication between the Council and all of the people of County Wicklow.”
The link to the service is available on the Council’s website Wicklow.ie: https://www.wicklow.ie/Living/Your-Council/Council-Meetings/Live-Streaming