Live stream from Belfast City Council #bcc

In Switzerland, they have a TV channel that switches between live views from the top of snowy mountain tops so that skiers and holiday makers can gauge the weather. In NI, we could have a channel that switches around live views from council proceedings!

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  • Mick Fealty

    Robin Newton MLA asking the Mayor to say sorry to the council… Damaged the reputation of the city worldwide… This has became an international story…

    You have gone some way…

  • Mick Fealty

    Ruth Patterson saying now that Niall never offered his hand to her in the first place… but saying they have a good working relationship… It is my pleasure that this is my second time as deputy Lord Mayor, saying how much fun and laughter they had at Foras na Gaeilge…

  • Mick Fealty

    Now Ruth Patterson saying she is surprised that the Mayor would sit beside me, since I am former member of Her Majesty’s armed forces…

    “You are a young man, and you have a lot to learn… Live it and learn it Lord Mayor” Ohhh…

    Bob Stoker stands up says he used to be a Army Cadet, and his best mate “Tommy O’Neill from Turf Lodge had to leave…”

    “No one expects you to stop being a Republican… The heart of the matter is the tensions between being a principled Republican versus being a Lord Mayor…”

    You and any future SF Lord Mayors need to set aside your principles to do the job properly”

  • Mick Fealty

    Cllr Tom Hartley interjects and says that there have always been complexities to take account…

    Mayor is now taking a point of order from Chris Stalford (DUP)…

    Do you acknowledge it was wrong, it won’t happen again; do you apologise?

    Another point of order from Cllr McVeigh (I think), let’s move on…

  • Mick Fealty

    INtervention “You should call yourself Lord Mayor, not Mayor…”

    Mayor now recalling his visits to Shankill, Suffolk, and East Belfast… I reaffirm my promise at the beginning of the year that I will be a Mayor for everyone.. I regret any offence that was taken..

    Motion to revisit this on Monday…

  • RG Cuan

    People need to reassess their understanding of the word ‘bigotry’. The Lord Mayor made a decision not based on religion nor NI politics but on a principled stance against the immorality of waging numerous wars across the globe, wars that have cost millions of lives and that are due to cost even more.

    Rather than damaging the reputation of Belfast worldwide, as Robin newton has crazily claimed, he has highlighted that Ireland actually does have some politicians who are willing to hold to their principles.

    Finally, the people taking part in this small protest are presumably from a Unionist background… I would like to know what the British Army has actually ever done for them?

  • Mick Fealty

    Mairtin O’Muilleoir (who has no problem with the term Lord Mayor) now moving it on to stimulus for Belfast, and the workload of the staff of City Hall…

    One thing worth noting is that this has been better TV than the Assembly has been in the last four years… Not least the chipping in form the side from the Mayor’s side…

  • Mick Fealty

    Nice wee bit argey barge there on the Irish language passage of Mairtin O’Muilleoir’s speech in which talked in Irish re the Gaeltacht Quarter where he he said that the importance of the initiative was to target deprivation in the almost exclusively nationalist area which is classified as the GQ…

    When challenged by Davy Brown DUP (I think) for speaking in Irish (and confusing the clerks) MOM said that there ought to be a translation service as a matter of course and that this was something they were going to get it over the next weeks and months… (he also alluded to the wider audience watching tonight…

  • Mick Fealty

    Intrigued by the number of references that don’t go through the Chair… Not sure whether that’s under the current Lord Mayor… or part of the general culture in the Council…

    Ah, an SDLP voice… Carmel Hannah…

  • Into the west

    “Ah, an SDLP voice… Carmel Hannah…”
    Mick I have the same feelings of nostalgia
    when watching a programme on endangered species ( ducks )

  • Alan N/Ards

    RG

    What has a 15 year old child got to do with wars all over the world? He made his decision on the “sensitivities” of the republican people ( or words to that effect) This was bad manners. Pure and simple.

    Many children who join the cadets never go on to join the regular army. I was in it 40 years ago. I never joined the army nor did it make me hate anyone. It was good dislipined fun. Just like the scouts and boys brigade (both of hich I was also in)

    I missed the end of the debate. Did he apologise to the girl without using the words “if I offended anyone”?

  • Mick Fealty

    This is going to be very long decade (of centenaries)… Talking about a event in Ormeau Park in May 2011… Hannah backing the motion…

    Maire Hendron (Alliance) also backing it but says any parade on the way there is the responsibility of the police and or the Parades Commission… provided they get all their permission…

  • Mick Fealty

    Stalford now saying that SF playing politics and trying to blind side the SDLP by lodging an amendment… John Kyle saying he’s taken aback… not the competence of the council to decide on a parading route, its up to us to decide on the use of our park… It seems entirely inappropriate…

    In Twitter news, Mairtin retweets the following from @pjrea “It would be good if @newbelfast could actually concentrate on the #bcc meeting rather than tweeting on his Blackberry…”

    Cllr O’Muilleoir is @newbelfast… nice one…

  • Mick Fealty

    So the SF amendment looking for a deferral of the council’s decision on letting out Ormeau Park to the event organisers until further confirmation of the routes to be taken to the park… With everyone else opposing it is easily defeated… 34 to 16…

  • Mick Fealty

    They are arguing over a Christmas sign on the back door of the City Hall… [sigh]

  • Munsterview

    Mick :seems like you need to get a life !

  • Mick Fealty

    SF want an amendment proposing working with the Culturlann that they offer a Nollaig Shona sign to be made, pro bono, offered to the Council and erected in the grounds of City Hall… Nice wee unexpected flourish at the end of a fairly dull passage…

    Alderman Hugh Smith’s amendment to go through… show of hands… damn, missed it… somebody spoke…

    SF’s freebie sign: another show of hands… Stalford speaks, saying that there was an agreement that it would be inappropriate to introduce dual language signs…

    He calls it an excellent example of an ambush… Recorded vote… Carried 28 – 21…

  • Mick Fealty

    Was that ball or man… Checking out…

  • separatesix

    O’Donnghaile claims he is challenged by the union flag, at city hall how can anyone be challenged by a piece of material. If Sinn Fein are so commited to neutrality why then do they hang republican symbols on their constituency offices?

  • separatesix

    Ruth Patterson would make a much better Mayoress!