A regulator needs to be appointed by government to allow elected councillors to challenge or appeal any directive from a Minister, that’s the view of Swinford based Fianna Fail councillor Michael Smyth.

The councillor was speaking at yesterday’s special meeting of Mayo county council that was called by elected councillors to reinstate planning as an item on the agenda of each Municipal District, as was the case until last year, when a directive from the Planning Minister Eoghan Murphy banned any planning discussions at council meetings.

Councillors adjourned yesterday meeting and are now seeking independent legal advice on whether or not they can continue to make observations about planning at meetings of the authority.

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