Members of Sligo County Council held what they believe to be the first, full local authority meeting held in the country since the start of the Covid-19 crisis.

Many local authorities have been holding virtual meetings or meetings with only a quorum of members in attendance because of difficulties ensuring social distancing in council chambers.

This morning's meeting of Sligo County Council was held in the Knocknarea Arena at IT Sligo where social distancing was possible for councillors and council staff and it began with a round of applause for frontline workers.

The meeting came about following a discussion among councillors at their Corporate Policy Group Committee.

A special meeting was then convened by Cathaoirleach Cllr Tom MacSharry at County Hall on 1 May, with a quorum of members in attendance, where it was decided to organise the full meeting in the IT.

There was additional cost involved in holding the meeting, estimated to be in the region of €3,000, which includes the hiring of microphones and headphones needed for the size of the venue.

Councillors agreed at the conclusion of today's meeting to hold their next monthly meeting and the council AGM in the same venue if it is available on 19 June.