Donegal County Council has rejected a proposed one way system in Lifford on the casting vote of the Mayor, with officials now drawing up revised Environmental Improvement Plans which retain the two way system.
It had earlier been suggested that the issue be deferred to allow for disussions on an alterntive traffic management system, after it became clear that the mood of non Fianna Fail members was to reject the proposed system.
However, a vote was demanded by opponents to give long term clarity to the issue, but that almost backfired when the vote was taken. The initial vote on an amendment rejecting the proposal was lost by 11 votes to 10, but Sinn Fein Cllr Jack Murray returned to the chamber in time for the vote on the proceeding with the one way system, and that was tied 11-11, with the motion falling on the casting vote of Mayor Noel Mc Bride.
The campaign against the one way system was led by newsagent Christopher Gallagher. He was in the chamber for the vote...............