Donegal County Council has adopted its revenue budget for 2010 in controversial circumstances.
The draft budget was adopted with a small number of changes most notably a 3% reduction in commercial rates.
Before this however Fine Gael, Labour, Sinn Fein and the independents were meeting to come up with their own strategy to reduce those rates further.
However while that meeting was ongoing Fianna Fail councillor returned to the chamber and adopted the budget.
Party Whip, Ciaran Brogan defended the action saying his party showed leadership however Sinn Fein's Padraig MacLoughlain slammed the moving stating today was a bad day for democracy.