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KILDARE COUNTY COUNCIL 

Minutes of Monthly Meeting

held at 2.00 p.m. on Monday, 24 November 2008 at

Áras Chill Dara, Devoy Park, Naas, Co Kildare

 

Members Present: Councillor S Griffin (Mayor); Councillors P Black, F Browne, K Byrne,

W Callaghan, G Conway, M Dalton, L Doyle, S Doyle, F Dukes,

D Fitzpatrick, M Glennon, R Hendy, G W Hillis, P Kelly, T McEvoy,

J McGinley, P MacNamara, M Miley, C Murphy, M Nolan, F O’Loughlin,  K Ridge and B Weld.

Apologies:               Councillor J J Power

Also Present:           Mr M Malone, County Manager, Messrs J Boland, J Lahart, P Minnock and T Skehan (Directors of Services), T Hunter McGowan (Head of Finance) C Talbot (Meetings Administrator) and other officials.

 

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1/1108

Confirmation of Minutes

The council considered the minutes of the monthly meeting held on 20 October 2008, together with the progress report.

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Black, seconded by Councillor Hendy, that the minutes of the monthly meeting held on 20 October 2008 be confirmed and taken as read.

 

2/1108

Committee Minutes

The Council considered the committee minutes which had been circulated with the agenda.

 

Clane Area – 9 September 2008 and 14 October 2008

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Weld, seconded by Councillor L Doyle, that the minutes be noted.

 

Kildare Area – 1 October 2008

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Nolan, seconded by Councillor Black, that the minutes be noted.

 

Leixlip Area – 19 September 2008

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor McGinley, seconded by Councillor Murphy, that the minutes be noted.



3/1108

Disposal of land

 

0.00065 hectares at Gragadder, Kilcock

The council considered statutory notice dated 24 October 2008 which had been circulated to the members under Section 183 of Local Government Act 2001 signifying intent to dispose of 0.00065 hectares [site of roadside pump] at Gragadder, Kilcock, Co Kildare to Liam and Brigid Duff in consideration of payment of €10 and subject to the following conditions:

§                Roadside pump to be returned to Kildare County Council;

§                All legal costs incurred by the Council to be paid by Liam and Brigid Duff.

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor L Doyle, seconded by Councillor Black, pursuant to Section 183 of the Local Government Act 2001, that the council consent to the disposal of the land in accordance with the terms set out in the statutory notice.


0.01445 hectares at Cow Pasture Road, Monasterevin

The council considered statutory notice dated 24 October 2008 which had been circulated to the members under Section 183 of Local Government Act 2001 signifying intent to dispose of 0.01445 hectares at Cow Pasture Road, Monasterevin, Co Kildare to Glanbia Estates Ltd in consideration of payment of €15,000 and subject to the all legal costs incurred by the Council to be paid by Glanbia Estates Ltd.

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor L Doyle, seconded by Councillor Black, pursuant to Section 183 of the Local Government Act 2001, that the council consent to the disposal of the land in accordance with the terms set out in the statutory notice.

 

2.2 acres at Rickardstown, Newbridge

The council considered statutory notice dated 12 November 2008 which had been circulated to the members under Section 183 of Local Government Act 2001 signifying intent to dispose of by way of lease 2.2 acres at Rickardstown, Newbridge, Co Kildare to Newbridge Hockey Club in consideration of payment of €250 per annum, subject to review every five years and Newbridge Hockey Club accepting, in its entirety, the Newbridge Development Plan and the conditions of the Lease

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor L Doyle, seconded by Councillor Black, pursuant to Section 183 of the Local Government Act 2001, that the council consent to the disposal of the land in accordance with the terms set out in the statutory notice.


Councillor Dalton raised an issue with regard to the disposal of land at Flinter’s Field, Athy, agreed at the June meeting of Kildare County Council, to Athy Community Development Project.  He requested clarification as to when the land transfer would be completed.

 

4/1108

Taking in Charge of Housing Estates

The meetings administrator referred to report from Mr Hannigan, Senior Executive Engineer, dated 12 November 2008 to the members recommending the taking-in-charge of the following housing estates:

·        Newtown Lawns, Newtown

·        Dunfierth Park, Johnstownbridge

·        Bridgewell, Johnstownbridge

·        Tudor Court, Coill Dubh

·        Central Park, Clane

·        Sallins Park, Sallins

·        Moyglare Meadows, Maynooth

·        Parklands Lodge, Maynooth

·        Hawthorn View, Celbridge

The meetings administrator advised the members that it was proposed to defer consideration of taking in charge of Grattan Park, Derrinturn.


Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Ridge, seconded by Councillor Weld, that the housing estates listed above, with the exception of Grattan Park, Derrinturn, be taken-in-charge.

 

5/1108

Review of Speed Limit at Kilashee, Naas  

Mr O’Connor, Acting Director of Services, presented a report to the members dated 30 October 2008, together with drawing number E/3324, recommending that the speed limit at Kilashee, Naas, be changed to 50kmph.  The meetings administrator informed the members that the change to the speed limit at this location was required in order to accommodate a new school. 

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Callaghan, seconded by Councillor Miley, that in accordance with Section 9 of the Road Traffic Act 2004, the speed limit at Kilashee, Naas, be amended to 50kmph as per drawing number E/3324.


6/1108

Extinguishment of Right of Way at 2315 and 2316 Maryville

The members noted a report from the Transportation Department dated 10 November 2008, confirming that the proposal to close the right of way at 2315 and 2316 Maryville had been considered and approved by the Kildare Area Committee at their meeting on 5 November 2008.


Resolved on the proposal of Councillor S Doyle, seconded by Councillor Nolan, that the right of way at 2315 and 2316 Maryville, Kildare, be extinguished.


7/1108

Overdraft Accommodation

Mr T Hunter McGowan, Head of Finance, recommended to the members that an overdraft accommodation in the sum of €5.2 million on the council’s revenue account with the council’s treasurer be approved for the coming half year ending 30 June 2009.


Resolved on the proposal of Councillor McGinley, seconded by Councillor S Doyle, that sanction be sought for an overdraft accommodation as recommended.



8/1108

Material Contravention of the Kildare Local Area Plan 2002

The council noted that a planning application from the Brigidine Union (register no 08/62) would, if successful, result in a material contravention of the Kildare Local Area Plan 2002


The development would consist of the construction of a center to St Brigid containing 4 no. hermitages (32sqm each) for visiting pilgrims and 1 main building containing spirituality education spaces, exhibition and hospitality areas, prayer and counselling spaces, 2 no. apartments, administration and ancillary facilities (all at 1005sqm), all designed as a 1 storey structure with landscaping.  There will be 17 car plus 2 coach parking spaces.  Access would be by an existing entrance and 1 new pedestrian gate, both with new stone entranceways.  Wastewater treatment would be by mains sewerage, drinking water would be by public supply.  The design would incorporate many ecological innovations all at Tully, Kildare.

The development would contravene materially Section 3.2.11 of the Kildare Town Local Area Plan 2002, which states: To protect the Curragh and established agricultural uses, including the bloodstock industry.  The purpose of this zoning is to ensure the retention of agricultural uses, including the bloodstock industry, by protecting them from urban sprawl and ribbon development.  This zoning is specifically intended to protect the Curragh and National Stud by providing a cordon sanitaire between them and the urban area.  Development associated with the National Stud and bloodstock industry and which are intrinsically liked to the qualities and objective of these activities will be considered in this zone.


The Council also considered a report dated 17 November 2008 from the County Manager, which had been circulated to the members.  Mr Lahart stated that one representation of support had been received from Deputy Sean O’Fearghail and that no objections had been received following public notice of the material contravention.  He added that, notwithstanding the current zoning objective for the site, the proposed development is considered to be in accordance with the proper planning and sustainable development of the area for a number of reasons as set out in the County Manager’s report. 

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor  Browne, seconded by Councillor Dukes, with all 20 members present voting in favour, that a decision to grant planning permission be made in this case and that for that purpose the council consent to a material contravention of the Kildare Local Area Plan 2002.

 


9/1108

County Kildare Biodiversity Plan

Ms Loughlin, Heritage Officer, presented the County Kildare Biodiversity Plan: Action to enhance our living environment 2009-2014 to the members.  She set out the background to preparation of the plan and described its content.  She explained the significance of biodiversity with particular reference to County Kildare.  She gave an overview of the county’s habitats and species, and she outlined the policies and legislation governing the content of the plan. She briefed the members on the objectives contained in the plan. The mayor and members thanked Ms Loughlin for an informative presentation and complimented her on the preparation of the Biodiversity Plan for the county. 

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Kelly, seconded by Councillor Glennon, that the County Kildare Biodiversity Plan: Action to enhance our living environment 2009-2014, be adopted.


 

10/1108

Filling of Vacancy on External Body

The council noted that a vacancy had arisen in the membership of the Dublin Mid-Leinster Health Forum as a result of the resignation from this committee of Councillor Conway. 

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Conway, seconded by Councillor Callaghan, that Councillor O’Loughlin fill the vacant position on the Dublin Mid-Leinster Health Forum.


11/1108

Briefing on Social Inclusion

The members received a briefing on social inclusion from Ms Mary Dalton and Ms Alice Corbett from the Housing Department and Ms Sinead Fitzpatrick from the Community and Enterprise Department.  Ms Dalton set out the background for consideration of social inclusion within Kildare County Council, making reference to the Housing and Social Inclusion Strategic Policy Committee, to the council’s Corporate Plan 2005-2009 and the National Action Plan for Social Inclusion. She explained the impact of legislation in this area and set out the challenges facing the council.  Ms Corbett identified the staff assigned to community development within the council and gave an historical background to their work.  She set out the work programme currently being undertaken in the areas of estate management and community development.  Ms Fitzpatrick made reference to the interface between the Housing and Community and Enterprise Department and gave examples of work undertaken.  She also set out the challenges facing the council in the area of social inclusion.


The Mayor thanked Ms Dalton, Ms Corbett and Ms Fitzpatrick for the excellent presentation.  He acknowledged the amount of work being undertaken by the Housing and Community and Enterprise Departments. In welcoming the presentation on social inclusion the members made reference to a number of issues including; acknowledgement of work undertaken in Newbridge, in particular, Rosconnell, Lakeside Park and Dara Park, the need for a meeting place within communities, difficulties for citizens in identifying how to gain access to  information and assistance.


 

12/1108

To consider raising of loan under Section 6 of the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1992 for the Monasterevin Housing Association Ltd

Mr Minnock presented a report dated 11 November 2008 recommending the raising of a loan in the sum of €3,374,784.52 for the Monasterevin Housing Association Ltd.  He informed the members that this would supersede a loan previously approved in April 2008 in the sum of €2,829,908.

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Black, seconded by Councillor Dalton, that the council approve the raising of a loan in the sum of €3,374,784.52 under Section 6 of the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1992 for the Monasterevin Housing Association Ltd.


 

13/1108

Housing Progress Report

Mr Minnock presented the bi-monthly housing progress report. He said that a significant amount of money had been spent during 2008 on repairing vacant houses and the continuation of this programme of work would be an issue for discussion at the upcoming budget meeting.  He informed the members that the central heating programme had been successfully completed, with 1,216 houses in total having systems installed.  Members raised a number of issues including the length of time currently taken to vet potential tenants, length of time taken to inspect Disabled Persons Grant/Essential Repairs Grant applications, update on situation regarding houses on Athgarvan Road, Newbridge.  They welcomed the conclusion of the central heating programme and acknowledged the amount of work undertaken during the course of the year.  Mr Minnock replied to their questions and clarified  that the 2009 housing allocation budget was expected to be similar to the 2008 allocation. 

 


14/1108

Meetings Calendar 2009

The meetings administrator informed the members that the calendar of meetings for 2009 had been circulated.

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Hillis, seconded by Councillor Callaghan, that the calendar be approved.

 


15/1108

Draft Register of Electors 2009-2010

The administrator reported on the draft register of electors 2009-2010. He confirmed that it had been published as required and was on public display. He described a number of initiatives that had been undertaken during the course of the previous year to improve the accuracy of the register. He confirmed that the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government had now signed an order giving statutory effect to the recommendations contained in the report of the Local Area Boundary Committee 2008, and noted that this had been circulated to members  He said that a map identifying the alternations to the electoral boundaries had not been supplied by the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, but that every effort would be made to produce one. The Mayor and members complimented the franchise staff for their work during the year.


16/1108

Mayor’s Business

The members agreed to hold a special council meeting on Wednesday, 7 January 2009 at 2pm to consider the Kilcock and Castledermot Local Area Plans.


The Mayor confirmed that a briefing session for the forthcoming budget would be held on Friday, 5 December 2008 at 2pm, and that the budget meeting would be held on Wednesday, 10 December 2008, commencing at 10am.


Councillor S Doyle stated that she was dissatisfied that a sheep grid to be completed as part of a Kildare County Council housing development had not been completed prior to the allocation of the houses, as required. 


Councillor Byrne congratulated the Celbridge Senior GAA Team on winning the county football final.

   

17/1108

Correspondence

The council noted receipt of the following correspondence:

 

·        Letter from Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government confirming the recommendations of the Local Area Boundary Committee 2008.

 

·        Letter from An Garda Siochana setting out details of the new Garda Divisions in Co Kildare.

 

·        Letter from the Department of Transport acknowledging letter sent following the October meeting of council regarding road safety.

 

·        Letter from the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, acknowledging receipt of letter sent following the October meeting of council regarding Part V of the Planning and Development Act 2000.

 

·        Letter from Kilkenny County Council advising of a resolution supporting the National Coalminers Group to establish a Statutory Compensation Tribunal for those who worked in the industry in Counties Kilkenny, Laois, Tipperary and Roscommon. 


·        Letter from Limerick County Council advising of a resolution calling for a complete reversal of the inequitable cuts on agriculture in the Budget 2008.


·        Letter from South Dublin County Council advising of a resolution calling for a centralised facility in Ireland on changing infrastructure as there is currently an 18 month delay on the availability of roads mapping – new alignments, new road layouts, new speed limits, new lanes etc.  This information is required in order to assist GPS mobile communications updating.



18/1108

Conferences

The council received notice of the following conferences:


26 November 2008 

Biometrics:  Enhancing Security or Invading Privacy?

Royal College of Physicians, Kildare Street, Dublin 2

Cost per delegate:  €108.18 + conference fee approx.


27-29 November 2008

Clare Tourism Conference

The Falls Hotel, Ennistymon, Co. Clare

Cost per delegate: €1,028.74 approx.


01 December 2008

Dave Ellis Memorial Lecture

Morrisson Hotel, Dublin 1

Cost per delegate: €108.18 approx.

Nominees:  Councillor R. Hendy.


05-06 December 2008

Homelessness in Ireland

The City West Hotel, Co. Dublin

Cost per delegate:  €448.50 approx.

Nominees: Councillors M. Dalton & F. O’Loughlin.

 

06 December 2008

The 6th Round Hall Family Law Conference 2008

The Westbury Hotel, Grafton Street, Dublin 2

Cost per delegate: €533.18 approx.

Nominees: Councillors P. Black & G. Conway.


08-09 December 2008

Intensive Course on Planning

The Alexander Hotel, Dublin

Cost per delegate: €703.50 approx.

Nominees: Councillors D. Fitzpatrick & F. O’Loughlin.

 

12-14 December 2008

Effective Communications for Councillors

Sligo Park Hotel, Pierce Road, Sligo

Cost per delegate: €870.75 approx.

Nominees:  Councillors D. Fitzpatrick, F. O’Loughlin, B. Hillis, B. Weld, M. Nolan & F. Browne.


26 November 2008 

Waste Prevention – The Way Forward

Austin Court, Birmingham

Cost per delegate:  €413.81 approx.

Nominees: Councillor M. Nolan.

 

02 December 2008

Moving On:  The Future of the UK Bus Industry

Jurys Hotel, Great Russell Street, London

Cost per delegate: €253.50 approx. + conference fee

Nominees: Councillor K. Ridge.


02 December 2008

Demystifying Population Projections

Canal Court Hotel, Merchants Quay, Newry, Co. Down

Cost per delegate: €265.32 approx. + conference fee

Nominees:  Councillors M. Miley, L. Doyle, R. Hendy & B. Hillis.

 

19/1108

Dublin Transportation Authority

The members considered the following motion from the Celbridge Area Committee:

That the Director of Services for roads enquire of the Minister for Transport what number of local elected representatives are proposed for the Dublin Transportation Authority and how will the representation of the different local authorities be determined.

 

Councillor Ridge argued that it was important to establish how public representatives would be represented on the Dublin Transportation Authority. Councillor Kelly informed the meeting that information was circulated at a recent meeting of the Mid-East Regional Authority setting out the make-up of the new authority. The administrator reported that a letter had been sent to the Minister of Transport requesting clarification as to the make-up of the authority and a response was awaited.

Resolved that the department’s response be circulated to members.

 

20/1108

Taking in Charge of Lackaghbeg Group Water Scheme

The members considered the following motion from the Kildare Area Committee:

That the Lackaghbeg Group Water Scheme be taken in charge.

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Kelly, seconded by Councillor Nolan, that the Lackaghbeg Group Water Scheme be taken in charge by the Council.



21/1108

Presentation on Joint Policing Committees

The Mayor welcomed Acting Chief Superintendent Pat Mangan and Sergeant Tim Burke to the meeting. Superintendent Mangan made a presentation to the members in relation to the Joint Policing Committees (JPCs).  He set out the background to the establishment of the committees and clarified the arrangements for membership of them. He reported on the functions and responsibilities of JPCs.  He also described the issues which could and could not be discussed at JPC meetings. The Mayor and members welcomed the setting up of JPCs and thanked Superintendent Mangan and Sergeant Burke for their attendance the meeting.

 


22/1108

Undergrounding of High Voltage Electricity Cabling

The council considered the following motion in the name of Councillors S Doyle and O’Loughlin:

That the Council should investigate the need to amend the County Development Plan on the basis of sound medical/scientific evidence to require the undergrounding of high voltage electricity cabling in certain circumstances.

 

The administrator referred to objective TE4 of the County Development Plan 2005-2011 which stated: “It is the policy of the council to locate telecommunications infrastructural services underground, where possible, and that existing overhead cables and associated equipment should progressively be located underground”. In order to fully inform the members regarding this issue the Planning Department had undertaken to contact the Health Service Executive to seek their advice.


Resolved that the report be noted.


23/1108

Health and Safety Authority Regulations

The council considered the following motion in the name of Councillor S Doyle:

That the roads department give us a report on the effectiveness of the recent regulations imposed by the Health and Safety Authority on Kildare County Council by determining if the incident of accidents has decreased since their implementation.


The administrator reported that the 2005 Health Safety and Welfare Act imposed additional responsibilities on the council in relation to the maintenance of a safe workplace. In relation to road works sites, the management of traffic at road works sites in the county was carried out in accordance with nationally agreed guidelines and follow current best practice. The council would, he said, continue to ensure that its workplaces were managed in a safe manner consistent with all prevailing legal provisions. Councillor S. Doyle requested clarification as to whether there had been an increase or decrease in the number of incidents since the introduction of the legislation. Mr O’Connor, Acting Director of Services, advised the members that Kildare County Council had recorded very few incidents over an extended period of time. Councillor S Doyle stated that the introduction of the legislation had resulted in projects costing an additional 33%.


Resolved on the proposal of Councillor S Doyle, seconded by Councillor Kelly, that a letter be sent to the Minister requesting that it be established whether the introduction of the 2005 Health Safety and Welfare Act has been effective.



24/1108

National Budget

The council considered the following motion in the name of Councillors McGinley:

That this Council condemns the recent Government budget decision to remove medical cards from over 70 year olds and the refusal to reverse this decision in total.


Councillor McGinley stated that, while he appreciated the amendments made by the Government to the original proposal incorporated in the Budget 2008 in relation to medical cards for over 70 year olds, he called on the Government to reverse its decision entirely and revert to the arrangements in place prior to the budget. He stressed his dissatisfaction with the introduction of means tests and said that income limits could be changed at any time by the Government. His proposal was seconded by Councillor MacNamara. Councillor Kelly said that the motion was ill-conceived as the Government had decided not to withdraw the medical card for people over the age of 70, but to introduce a means test, which would result in 95% of people in this age bracket getting a medical card.  He added that the Kildare Fianna Fail Group had met with the Minister for Finance in relation to this matter and supported the decision to amend the original decision to withdraw the scheme. Councillor Murphy supported the motion stating that automatic entitlement to a medical card was the issue of concern to the public. 


Resolved on the proposal of Councillor McGinley, seconded by Councillor MacNamara, with 11 members voting in favour and 7 members voting against, that the Government be requested to reverse in total its decision to remove medical cards from over 70 year olds.


 

25/1108

Recycling Bins for Commercial Customers

The council considered the following motion in the name of Councillor McGinley:

That an additional recycling bin be provided free of charge to businesses who require same in order to encourage recycling.

 

Councillor McGinley stated that it appeared that in order for a commercial customer to get a second recycling he would need to pay for a second refuse bin, even if this was not required.  Mr Boland, Director of Services, stated that it was not possible to consider an expansion of the service at this time, in view of ongoing financial constraints. The County Manager suggested that Councillor McGinley give details of the specific case to Mr Boland and that this issue could be considered further in the context of the 2009 Budget.


 

26/1108

Records Management

The council considered the following motion in the name of Councillor Murphy:

That Kildare County Council provide a report on its records management strategy, both soft and hard records; the report should include how robust that strategy is in relation to retrieving records under the freedom of information act(s); is the employment on a part time basis of a professional archivist sufficient if not how are the shortcomings overcome; how the strategy fits in with responses to citizens, business or community groups following contact by them with the Council and any proposed improvements intended in this regard.


The administrator set out the procedures for maintaining paper, electronic media and microfilm records.  He referred to the requirements of the national retention policy which provides for the classification of records into three groups – current, non-current and archive/dispose. He also set out the provisions of the freedom of information legislation.  Councillor Murphy said that she had tabled the motion in order to establish how robust were procedures for record management. She raised concerns with regard to the I-Cerv system used by the Council to record correspondence from public representatives and also with the proposal not to replace the Archivist.


Resolved that the report be noted and circulated to members.



27/1108

Review of the Regional Planning Guidelines

The council considered the following motion in the name of Councillor Murphy:

The review of the Regional Planning Guidelines will commence next January, currently reviews of Town Plans are taking place and are required to have regard to the Regional Planning Guidelines as they stand however some are projecting population figures to 2016 even prior to the review commencing. This motion seeks an overview on the current Regional Guidelines and how they should be interpreted, how they fit with our current Development Plan and what changes, if any, should be expected in the next generation of Regional Guidelines.


The administrator reported that the county development plan required the preparation of local area plans for a number of towns in the county. The latter were prepared in the overall context of the policies contained in the county plan and were legally required to have regard to the current regional guidelines. Local area plans were being progressed on the basis of the current guidelines, most recent population data and best planning practice. It was clear, however, that circumstances had altered since the adoption of the guidelines in 2007 and a review was timely and appropriate. A review of the Regional Planning Guidelines 2004-2016 was due to commence shortly and the council would liaise with the regional authority in this regard. Councillor Murphy said that reviews of local area plans were ongoing in the absence of accurate regional guidelines. The County Manager said that cognisance of changing circumstances must be taken when preparing local area plans. He confirmed that Councillor Murphy’s concerns would be conveyed to the regional authority.

 

Resolved that the report be circulated.


 

28/1108

Budget 2008

The council considered the following motion in the name of Councillor MacNamara:

That this Council calls on the Government to reverse the massive cuts in education funding in the recent budget in particular the decision to increase class sizes, which will cause at least 1,500 teachers to lose their jobs.


Councillor MacNamara said that he had received correspondence from a number of schools setting out how they would be adversely affected by the introduction of the recently-announced national budget. He referred to a number of services and made specific reference to the increased class sizes.  In supporting Councillor MacNamara’s motion, Councillor Murphy stated that it would be helpful if the number of teachers affected by the outcome of the Budget could be quantified.


Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Murphy, seconded by Councillor Hendy, that standing orders be suspended for 5 minutes to enable the meeting to continue until 6.05pm.

 

Councillor Kelly stated that the number of teachers cited in Councillor MacNamara’s motion did not stand up to scrutiny, and added that the net loss of teacher to the system would be in the region of 200.


Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Black, seconded by Councillor Conway, that standing orders be suspended for a further 5 minutes to enable the meeting to continue until 6.10pm.


Councillor Weld said that he had been contacted by a number of school principals and members of the public raising concerns with regard to the affects of the cuts included in the Budget. Councillor McGinley seconded Councillor MacNamara’s proposal and noted that the figure of 1,500 teachers had been supplied by school principals.


Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Nolan, seconded by Councillor Weld, that standing orders be suspended for a further 5 minutes to enable the meeting to continue until 6.15pm.


The Mayor said that the need for students to enter the area of research and development is continually promoted by the Government, however cuts in the budget would affect the areas of physics, chemistry and biology. 


Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Black, seconded by Councillor Hillis, that standing orders be suspended for a further 5 minutes to enable the meeting to continue until 6.20pm.

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor MacNamara, seconded by Councillor McGinley, with 11 members voting in favour and 8 members voting against, that the Government reverse the massive cuts in education funding in the recent budget, in particular, the decision to increase class sizes, which will cause at least 1,500 teachers to lose their jobs.


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The meeting concluded.