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KILDARE COUNTY COUNCIL 

Minutes of Monthly Meeting

held at 2.00 p.m. on Monday, 28 April 2008 at

Áras Chill Dara, Devoy Park, Naas, Co Kildare

 

Members Present:  Councillor M Glennon (Mayor); Councillors P Black, F Browne,

K Byrne, W Callaghan, G Conway, M Dalton, L Doyle, S Doyle, F Dukes, D Fitzpatrick,

S Griffin, R Hendy, G W Hillis, P Kelly, T McEvoy, J McGinley, P MacNamara, M Miley, M Nolan, F O’Loughlin, J J Power, K Ridge and B Weld.

 

Apologies:Councillor G McDonagh

 

Also Present:Mr M Malone, County Manager, Messrs J Boland, J Lahart,

P Minnock and  E O’Sullivan (Directors of Services), C Talbot (Meetings Administrator) and other officials.

 

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1/0408

Confirmation of Minutes

 

The council considered the minutes of the monthly meeting held on 31 March 2008 together with the progress report.

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Black, seconded by Councillor Hillis, that the minutes of the monthly meeting held on 31 March 2008 be confirmed and taken as read.

 

2/0408

Committee Minutes

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

 

Clane Area – 11 March 2008

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

Celbridge Area – 14 March 2008

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Ridge, seconded by Councillor Byrne, that the minutes be noted.

 

Kildare Area - 5 March 2008

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

 

Leixlip Area – 15 February 2008

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

 

Naas Area – 18 March 2008

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Hillis, seconded by Councillor Glennon, that the minutes be noted.

 

At the request of Councillor MacNamara, the Mayor agreed that items NS04/0308 Maintenance works at Castlefen, Sallins and NS07/0308 Allocation of funds from Community and Enterprise budget to Castlefen, Sallins, of minutes of Naas area meeting of 18 March 2008, would be listed on the agenda for the next meeting of the Naas Area Committee

 

3/0408

Disposal of land

9 Willowbrook Lodge, Celbridge

The council considered statutory notice dated 10 April 2008 which had been circulated to the members under Section 183 of Local Government Act 2001 signifying intent to dispose of premises known as 9 Willowbrook Lodge, Celbridge, Co Kildare to Marion Cawley in consideration of the current value of rented equity (up to date and in line with inflation) at the date of redemption of the shared ownership loan granted in respect of the premises and in accordance with its conditions.

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Hillis, seconded by Councillor S Doyle, 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.

 

Apartment 37, Ballymany Mews, Newbridge

The council considered statutory notice dated 10 April 2008 which had been circulated to the members under Section 183 of Local Government Act 2001 signifying intent to dispose of premises known as Apartment 37, Ballymany Mews, Newbridge, Co Kildare to Desmond Dowling in consideration of the current value of rented equity (up to date and in line with inflation) at the date of redemption of the shared ownership loan granted in respect of the premises and in accordance with its conditions.

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Hillis, seconded by Councillor S Doyle, 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.

 

20 Moneen View, Hollands, Kildare Road, Athy

The council considered statutory notice dated 10 April 2008 which had been circulated to the members under Section 183 of Local Government Act 2001 signifying intent to dispose of premises known as 20 Moneen View, Hollands, Kildare Road, Athy, Co Kildare to Joseph and Kate Badakin in consideration of the current value of rented equity (up to date and in line with inflation) at the date of redemption of the shared ownership loan granted in respect of the premises and in accordance with its conditions.

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Hillis, seconded by Councillor S Doyle, 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.

 

42 Park View, Clane

The council considered statutory notice dated 10 April 2008 which had been circulated to the members under Section 183 of Local Government Act 2001 signifying intent to dispose of premises known as 42 Park View, Clane, Co Kildare to Edward and Rose Ennis in consideration of the current value of rented equity (up to date and in line with inflation) at the date of redemption of the shared ownership loan granted in respect of the premises and in accordance with its conditions.

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Hillis, seconded by Councillor S Doyle, 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.

 

6 Coney Meadows, Coneyboro, Carlow Road, Athy

The council considered statutory notice dated 10 April 2008 which had been circulated to the members under Section 183 of Local Government Act 2001 signifying intent to dispose of premises known as 6 Coney Meadows, Coneyboro, Carlow Road, Athy, Co Kildare to Shirley Lawler in consideration of the current value of rented equity (up to date and in line with inflation) at the date of redemption of the shared ownership loan granted in respect of the premises and in accordance with its conditions.

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Hillis, seconded by Councillor S Doyle, 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.

96 Coney Meadows, Coneyboro, Athy

The council considered statutory notice dated 10 April 2008 which had been circulated to the members under Section 183 of Local Government Act 2001 signifying intent to dispose of premises known as 96 Coney Meadows, Coneyboro, Athy, Co Kildare to Olukunle and Oluwasheyi Amoo in consideration of the current value of rented equity (up to date and in line with inflation) at the date of redemption of the shared ownership loan granted in respect of the premises and in accordance with its conditions.

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Hillis, seconded by Councillor S Doyle, 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.

 

0.6245 ha at Killhill, Kill

The council considered statutory notice dated 15 April 2008 which had been circulated to the members under Section 183 of Local Government Act 2001 signifying intent to dispose of 0.6245 hectares approximately of land at Killhill, Kill, Co Kildare to the Department of Education in consideration of payment of €1,063,127 and subject to all legal fees and other relevant costs being paid by respective parties.

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Hillis, seconded by Councillor S Doyle, 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.

 

0.041 ha adjacent to 2239 St Patrick’s Park, Kill

The council considered statutory notice dated 15 April 2008 which had been circulated to the members under Section 183 of Local Government Act 2001 signifying intent to dispose of 0.041 hectares approximately of land adjacent to 2239 St Patrick’s Park, Kill, Co Kildare to Ciaran and Maria Foley in consideration of payment of €30,000, and subject to all legal fees being borne by Ciaran and Maria Foley and any development on the lands being subject to planning permission.

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Hillis, seconded by Councillor S Doyle, 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.

4/0408

Filling of Vacancies on the Transportation Strategic Policy Committee

 

The administrator advised the meeting that correspondence had been received from Chambers Ireland, nominating Mr David Deering, Mossway Ltd, Kildoon, Nurney and Mr Sean Darcy, Joint Managing Director, DSV Transport, Unit C8 Tougher Business Park, Ladytown, Naas to fill vacancies on the Transportation Strategic Policy Committee. 

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Byrne, seconded by Councillor S Doyle, that Mr Deering and Mr Darcy be appointed in accordance with the nomination.

 

5/0408

Filling of Committee Vacancies and Nominations to External Bodies

 

The council noted that vacancies had arisen in the membership of the Kildare Twinning Committee and Burrin Drainage Committee as a result of the resignation from these committees of Councillor Black.  It was also noted that vacancies had arisen in the membership of the Protocol Committee, Local Rural Water Monitoring Committee and Finance Committee as a result of the resignation from these committees of Councillor Power.  The meetings administrator also informed the members of two vacancies on the Local Traveller Accommodation Consultative Committee.

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Kelly, seconded by Councillor Dalton, that Councillor O’Loughlin fill the vacant position on the Kildare Twinning Committee.

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Kelly, seconded by Councillor S Doyle, that Councillor Miley fill the vacant position on the Burrin Drainage Committee.

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Kelly, seconded by Councillor Fitzpatrick, that Councillor S Doyle fill the vacant position on the Protocol Committee.

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Glennon, seconded by Councillor Byrne, that Councillor McEvoy fill the vacant position on the Local Rural Water Monitoring Committee.

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Glennon, seconded by Councillor Byrne, that Councillor Hillis fill the vacant position on the Finance Committee.

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor McGinley, seconded by Councillor L Doyle, that Ms Kathleen McDonagh and Ms Mary O’Brien fill the vacant positions on the Local Traveller Accommodation Consultative Committee.

 

6/0408

To note the following Strategic Policy Committee Half Yearly reports:

Housing and Social Inclusion

Local Urban and Rural Development

 

The members noted half yearly reports from the Housing and Social Inclusion and Local Urban and Rural Development Strategic Planning Committees.

 

Resolved that the reports be noted.

 

7/0408

Budgetary Report

 

Ms Millane, Acting Finance Officer, briefed the members on the contents of the budgetary report for the quarter ended March 2008.  She advised the members that the report will be referred to the next meeting of the Finance Committee for consideration.  Ms Millane stated that some delays had occurred in receiving funding from the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government in respect of claims made and this had, subsequently, affected cashflow.  She also noted the reduction in development levy receipts over last year.  The members were concerned with the level of reduction in the amount of development levies being paid and Mr Lahart briefed the members regarding the process involved.  The County Manager recommended that this item be listed again for the May meeting of Council and this was agreed by the members.

 

Resolved that this report be listed for further consideration at the May meeting of the council.

 

8/0408

Auditor’s Report

 

Ms Millane, Acting Finance Officer, briefed the members regarding the local government auditor’s report on the council’s accounts and annual financial statement for the year ended 31 December 2006.  Ms Millane informed the members that this was an unqualified auditor’s report for noting by them.  In welcoming the unqualified report of the Auditor, Councillor Kelly noted that three points had been raised in the report which required further consideration and requested clarification as to how these issues were being dealt with. 

Ms Millane responded to queries raised by the members and advised that the report would be referred to the Audit Committee for further consideration 

 

Resolved that the report be noted.

9/0408

New Budget Format

 

Ms Millane, Acting Finance Officer, briefed the members in relation to the new budget format, prescribed by the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, being introduced for the 2009 budget.  She referred the members to a revised copy of the 2008 budget incorporating the new format which had been circulated.  Ms Millane informed the members that the new budget format would be discussed further at future meetings of the Finance and Audit Committees.

 

 

10/0408

Material Contravention of County Kildare Development Plan 2005-2011

 

The meetings administrator advised the members that planning application reference 06/2930 for a proposed residential development at Bawnogues, Kill, applicant Mr Martin Flattery, which had been listed on the agenda for consideration by the members of a material contravention of the County Kildare Development Plan 2005-2011 had been withdrawn.

 

11/0408

Material Contravention of County Kildare Development Plan 2005-2011

The council noted that a planning application by Ballymore Eustace Community Development Association (register no. 07/1829) would, if successful, result in a material contravention of the County Kildare Development Plan 2005-2011.  The application sought permission at Assumpta Terrace, Ballymore Eustace, for construction of a new single storey detached Community Centre, incorporating office space, kitchenette, sanitary accommodation and storage space, with all associated site works.

The development would contravene materially Section 25.4 of the County Development         Plan 2005-2011, which states: “The zoning objective in this case is to provide for low        density residential development”.

 

The council also considered a report from the County Manager, which had been circulated.  Mr Lahart briefed the members on the background to the planning application, advising the members that the site of the proposed development is currently zoned Low Density Development.  He stated that three submissions had been received relating, in the main, to concerns regarding increased traffic in the vicinity of Assumpta Terrace, resulting from the proposed development.  Mr Lahart advised the members that were the planning permission to be granted, traffic resulting from the development will be monitored with the intention of introducing further bye-laws were this was deemed to be necessary.  He stated that the proposed development was in keeping with proper planning and sustainable development and he recommended the proposed material contravention to the members.

 

In supporting the material contravention, Councillor Hillis welcomed the proposed development subject to the traffic situation being monitored.  Councillor Callaghan also supported the proposal, again subject to the monitoring of traffic resulting from the development.

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Hillis, seconded by Councillor Callaghan, with all 23 members 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 County Kildare Development Plan 2005-2011.

 

12/0408

Material Contravention of Maynooth Local Area Plan 2002

 

The council noted that a planning application by the Minister of Education and Science (register no. 08/97) would, if successful, result in a material contravention of the Maynooth Local Area Plan 2002.  The application sought permission at Railpark, Celbridge Road, Maynooth for construction of 1105 sq. m. two storey, 8 classroom primary school building including staff and pupil facilities, teaching support rooms and ancillary spaces and all associated site works including play areas, paths, perimeter boundary fencing, secure fencing and 2 no. new vehicular entrances onto the public road (R405) with set down and parking areas.

The development would contravene materially Section 3.6.1 of the Maynooth Local Area Plan 2002, which states, “to retain and protect agricultural uses”.

 

The council also considered a report from the Director of Services for Planning dated 17 April 2008, endorsed by the Acting Senior Planner, which had been circulated.  Mr Lahart briefed the members on the background to the planning application, advising the members that the site of the proposed development is currently zoned Agriculture.  He stated that one submission had been received relating to the surface water sewer.  Mr Lahart advised the members that the proposed development was in keeping with proper planning and sustainable development and he recommended the proposed material contravention to the members.

 

In supporting the material contravention, Councillor Griffin raised concerns regarding the need for the proposed development given that the three primary schools in Maynooth all had capacity for additional pupils.  He noted, however, that there was a need for additional pupil spaces at second level.  He also raised concerns with regard to the location of the proposed development and stated that it would have been more beneficial for Maynooth if an educational campus, providing for both primary and secondary education, had been identified and developed.  Councillor Griffin requested that a condition be incorporated in the planning permission requiring the completion of a footpath from the site to the Straffan Road.  While supporting the proposal, Councillor Ridge requested that conditions be incorporated in the planning permission relating to traffic calming, footpaths and infrastructure for a safe route to school.  Councillor McGinley agreed with the concerns raised by Councillor Griffin and also stated that the design of the proposed school was unsatisfactory.  He also stated that additional bicycle parking was required and asked that this be conditioned as part of any planning permission.  Councillor Kelly supported the proposal and stated that forward planning by the Department of Education and Science should be welcomed.  Mr Lahart confirmed to the members that the requested conditions would be incorporated in a grant of planning permission.

 

The members requested clarification as to how discussions were progressing with the Department of Education and Science in relation to provision of educational services in the county.  The County Manager informed the members that any issues/concerns raised by them would be conveyed to the Department of Education and Science.  He agreed to give further consideration to a mechanism for reporting on the outcome of meetings with the Department to the members. 

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Griffin, seconded by Councillor Ridge, with all 24 members 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 Maynooth Local Area Plan 2002.

 

13/0408

To consider Manager’s Report on Proposed Variations to Draft Kilcullen

Local Area Plan

 

Ms Caroline Shinners, Acting Senior Executive Planner, presented the Manager’s Report on the proposed variations to the Draft Kilcullen Local Area Plan, which had been circulated to the members.  The report was prepared on the basis of five submissions received during the statutory display period from 31 January to 27 February 2008.

 

Submission Number No. 1

(Received 22.02.2008)

Barry Monaghan, c/o Suite 19, The Atrium, Maritana Gate, Canada Street, Waterford on behalf of Monaco Town Centre Developments Ltd and Leinster Mart Co-operative Ltd

 

Summary of Issues Raised:

Wording of proposed change no. 13 is over restrictive due to a number of reasons including:

Multiple ownership of the lands

No road design for road objective

Viability of any development due to road requirements

Method and finance for providing river crossing

Manager’s Recommendation:

No change to proposed amendment

 

Submission Number No. 2

(Received 22.02.2008)

Barry Monaghan, c/o Suite 19, The Atrium, Maritana Gate, Canada Street, Waterford on behalf of Monaco Town Centre Developments Ltd and Leinster Mart Co-operative Ltd

 

Summary of Issues Raised

Additional town centre zoning not required.

Recommends that map change no. 1 be rejected.

Amend objective no. 10 – suggested wording submitted.

Amend change no. 7 to add text to ‘Town Centre Design Brief’.

Omit the words ‘Town Centre Zoned Lands’ from change no. 13.

 

Manager’s Recommendation:

No change

 

Submission Number No. 3

(Received 26.02.2008)

Kieran Kennedy, RPS Planning & Environment, 5th Floor, Iveagh Court, Harcourt Road, Dublin 2 on behalf of Castlemartin Estate, Kilcullen

 

Summary of Issues Raised

In relation to change no. 2, recommends that the eastern relief road is the preferred route.

Sets out advantages of a relief road to the east of the town.

Suggests that Council’s residential zoning strategy is very conservative.

Requests zoning to allow for development of a third level outreach facility.

 

Manager’s Recommendation:

No change

 

Submission Number No. 4

(Received 26.02.2008)

Robert McLoughlin, GVA Planning & Regeneration Ltd, Regus House, Harcourt Centre, Harcourt Road, Dublin 2 on behalf of Tesco Ireland

 

Summary of Issues Raised

Welcomes expansion of Kilcullen Town Centre.

Requests inclusion of appropriate policies to make provision for operational requirements of modern convenience retail outlets.

Expansion of Town Centre lands has led to a reduction in residential zoned land which is contrary to national guidance.

 

Manager’s Recommendation:

No change

 

Submission Number No. 5

(Received 27.02.2008)

Damien J Hughes & Associates Ltd, No 2 New Abbey, Castlemartin Lodge, Kilcullen, Co Kildare on behalf of Brendan O’Connell

 

Summary of Issues Raised

Consider reconfiguring amendment to map change no. 5 to a more regular shape to facilitate the provision of a crèche and associated car parking and open space.

Consider redesignation of 0.8 acre site along the River Liffey, zoned Open Space and Amenity, to allow for the development of a children’s playground.

 

 

Manager’s Recommendation:

The land use zoning map shall be amended as per submission number 5 to include additional Town Centre zoned land to accommodate the proposed crèche.

A symbol will be placed on the zoning map at the location outlined in submission number 5 denoting that a playground will be provided on the site.  The following text shall be included in Table 4.2 Land Use Zoning Objectives “The playground will be funded and constructed by the landowner and handed over to the Council prior to the completion of Riverside Manor Housing Development as part of the developer’s requirements under policy statement H 18 of the Kildare County Development Plan 2005-2011”.  The text contained in the proposed amendments relating to the provision of this playground shall be omitted.

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Callaghan seconded by Councillor Hillis, with 19 members voting in favour and 1 member abstaining, that the recommendation of the County Manager in the case of each of the 5 submissions received in relation to the Kilcullen Area Plan is accepted.

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Callaghan, seconded by Councillor Hillis, with 19 members voting in favour and 1 member abstaining, that the Kilcullen Local Area Plan 2008 is hereby made, pursuant to Section 20 of the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended), to incorporate the amendments proposed and agreed by the members of Kildare County Council at their meeting of 28th April 2008.  The Kilcullen Local Area Plan will legally come into effect on 7th May 2008.

 

 

14/0408

Presentation on Strategic Environmental Assessments

 

Mr Declan Egan from Fehily Timoney & Co., made a presentation to the members on Strategic Environmental Assessment and County Kildare Local Area Plans.  Mr Egan set out the background and objectives of Strategic Environmental Assessments and the scenarios in which they are a requirement of development plans.  He informed the members of the stages of presentation and the process involved.  Mr Egan highlighted the important environmental issues which needed to be incorporated in an SEA, such as flooding, geology, air quality etc.

 


Mr Egan replied to queries raised by the members in relation to the preparation of Strategic Environmental Assessments.  He informed the members that some SEA’s had already been prepared for local authorities and recommended these as a reference point.  He also suggested some guidance documents that may be of assistance in preparing an SEA.  The Mayor and members thanked Mr Egan for a very well prepared presentation. 

 

 

15/0408

Taking in Charge of Simmonstown Manor, Celbridge

 

The members considered a report from Mr Lahart, Director of Services for Planning, endorsed by Mr Hannigan, Planning Department, recommending the taking-in-charge of the housing estate known as Simmonstown Manor.

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Ridge, seconded by Councillor Byrne, that the estate be taken-in-charge.

 

16/0408

Alcohol Bye-laws, Castledermot

 

The Council considered proposed bye-laws relating to the possession and consumption of alcohol in Castledermot and noted that they had been the subject of public consultation and had been agreed by the Athy Area Committee. 

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Miley, seconded by Councillor Dalton, that the bye-laws to control the possession and consumption of alcohol in public places in Castledermot be adopted.

 

17/0408

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

 

The members noted report dated 17 April 2008 from Ms Millane, Acting Head of Finance, endorsed by the Housing Department.

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Dalton, seconded by Councillor Hillis, the members approved the raising of a loan in the sum of €2,829,908 under Section 6 of the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1992 for the Monasterevin Housing Association Ltd.

 

18/0408

Housing Progress Report

 

Mr Minnock, Director of Services, presented the Housing Progress Report to the members.  He informed the members that confirmation of the 2008 funding allocation for social and affordable housing was expected to be received from the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government on 1 May 2008.  He stated that there were indications that the allocation would be reduced over what had been expected to be received.  If this were the case it would have a significant effect on the housing programme.  He informed the members that the Housing Needs Assessment was ongoing and was due for completion by the end of May.  He set out the position with regard to vacant houses and noted a significant improvement on turnaround over last year.  Mr Minnock updated the members regarding the Central Heating Programme and stated that the work was on target.  He also updated the members with regard to the rent review and advised that the majority of rents had now been recalculated with no major anomalies had been identified.  He pointed out, however, that the system being used for calculation of rent needed to be reviewed.

 

The members complimented Mr Minnock and his team on an excellent report and noted progress, particularly in the area of vacant houses.  The excellent work being carried out by the Community Workers was also noted by the members.  Concerns were raised by a number of members with regard to proposals to change the procedure for collection of rent from tenants.  The County Manager informed the members that this matter was under negotiation at national and local level and that it would not be appropriate to comment at this stage.  He did state, however, that it was not intended to introduce systems which would have an adverse effect on tenants of Kildare County Council houses, but, in fact, the aim was to improve how the job was being done by better utilisation of resources.

 

The members discussed their concerns regarding the expected reduction in funding for social and affordable housing from the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government.  It was agreed that the Housing Department would meet with the party leaders in order to brief them fully on the position as soon as confirmation of the level of funding had been received from the Department.

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Griffin, seconded by Councillor Hendy, that a letter be sent to the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, setting out the concerns of the members regarding the effect on Kildare County Council’s housing programme of any reduction in the level of funding for social and affordable housing.   

 

Mr Minnock replied to the issues raised by the members in relation to the Housing Progress Report.

Resolved that the report be noted.

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Dukes, seconded by Councillor L Doyle, that standing orders be suspending for 10 minutes to enable the meeting to continue until 6.10pm.

 

19/0408

Vote of Sympathy

 

The Mayor and members expressed votes of sympathy with the following on their recent bereavements:

Ollie Swords, Water Services, on the death of his brother.

Barney Moorehouse, Machinery Yard, on the death of his brother.

Tom Headon, Water Services, on the death of his father.

Family and friends of Pat Dempsey, former driver in the Machinery Yard.

 

20/0408

Mayor’s Business

Councillor L Doyle thanked the members for requesting him to attend the funeral in Lexington of Mr Ed Houlihan.  He said that the Mayor of Lexington and the Governor sent their thanks to the Mayor and members for Councillor Doyle’s attendance at the funeral.

Councillor Weld raised concerns with regard to the operation of the telephone system at Áras Chill Dara.  He stated that he had received a number of complaints regarding the voice recognition system and the use of voicemail.  The meetings administrator advised the members that the telephone system was continually monitored and kept under review. 

Resolved that Mr Talbot would prepare a report on the matter for the May meeting of the Council. 

 

21/0408

Correspondence

The council noted receipt of the following correspondence:

 

Letter from Mr Micheál Martin TD, Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, dated 6 April 2008, in response to letter from Kildare County Council dated 29 February 2008 regarding the employment rights of agency workers.  The meetings administrator suggested that, as this was a comprehensive reply to the issue raised, a copy of the letter would be forwarded to the members for their information.

 

Letter from the Department of Health and Children acknowledging receipt of letter from Kildare County Council in relation to the provision of funding for the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind.

 

Letter was received from South Tipperary County Council advising of a resolution calling on the Government, to introduce change to the way the Housing Agencies Respond and Cluid operate, so as to allow tenants with those agencies to purchase their homes as is the given right of all other social housing tenants also that the same terms and conditions of sale would apply.

This resolution was supported by the members.

 

Letter was received from North Tipperary County Council advising of a resolution supporting the Irish Farmer’s Association in their stance on the World Trade Organisation’s negotiations on agriculture and calling on the Ministers for Agriculture, Foreign Affairs and the Taoiseach to note the following:

That the position of EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson in the WTO negotiations represents a grave and unacceptable threat to Irish faming, the food industry and employment in the Irish economy and requesting that Ireland’s vital national interest be asserted at the highest level in Europe by rejecting Mandelson’s concessions and to use their power to veto should it be necessary.

This resolution was supported by the members.

 

22/0408

Conferences

Notice was received of the following:

8-9 May 2008

Kerry Literary & Cultural Centre

The Role of Local Government in Community & Rural Development

Listowel Arms Hotel, Listowel, Co Kerry

Cost per delegate: €728.78 approximately

Nominees:  Councillors F. Browne, M. Dalton and L. Doyle

 

16 May 2008

Southern & Eastern Regional Assembly

E.U. Territorial Co-operation Programmes (Interreg) 2007-2013

What’s in it for regional and local bodies in Ireland?

Marriott Druids Glen Hotel, Newtownmountkennedy, Co Wicklow

Cost per delegate: €318.94 approximately

Nominees:  Councillors P. Black, L. Doyle, R. Hendy and M. Nolan

 

15-18 May 2008

La Rencontre Mons

Racine et Culture – Roots and Culture

Grand Hornu, Rue Sainte-Louise, 82 – 7301 Horn, Belgium

Cost per delegate: €589.31 approximately

 

16-18 May 2008

Local Government and the Environment

Training Seminar for Councillors

The Burren Coast Hotel, Ballyvaughan, Co Clare

Cost per delegate: €905.63 approximately

Nominees:  Councillors F. Browne, M. Miley, D. Fitzpatrick and R. Hendy

 

20-21 May 2008

Enterprise Ireland

Eurisy Workshop on Innovation at the Service of Regional Growth

Dublin Castle

Cost per delegate: €539.30 approximately

Nominees:  Councillors L. Doyle and M. Miley

 

21 May 2008

National Adult Literacy Agency

Literacy and the Local Authority

Galway Bay Hotel, Galway

Cost per delegate: € 728.78 approximately

Nominees:  Councillors K. Byrne, F. O’Loughlin, W. Callaghan, R. Hendy and M. Nolan

22 May 2008

Cre – Composting Association of Ireland

2008, Now or Never – Maximising Diversion

Heritage Golf & Spa Resort, Killenard, Co Laois

Cost per delegate: € 480.04 approximately

Nominees:  Councillors L. Doyle, D. Fitzpatrick and B. Weld

 

22 May 2008

Transport Times

Fully Realising Smart Technology in the Transport Sector

CBI Centre, Centre Point, London

Cost per delegate: €903.31 approximately

Nominees:  Councillors M. Miley, F. O’Loughlin and S.Griffin

 

22-23 May 2008

Mitchell Conference

Moving on from Conflict – Lessons from Northern Ireland

Queen’s University, Belfast

Cost per delegate: €945.03 approximately

Nominees:  Councillors K. Byrne, P. Black, G. Conway and K. Ridge

 

29 May 2008

Cork County Council

National Hub Town Conference

Hibernian Hotel, Mallow, Co Cork

Cost per delegate: €539.68 approximately

Nominees:  Councillors F. Browne, W. Callaghan, F. O’Loughlin and K. Ridge

 

5 June 2008

Respond! Housing Association

Is ASBO a Four Letter Word in Responding to Anti-Social Behaviour?

The Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise, Co Laois

Cost per delegate: €337.76 approximately

Nominees:  Councillors D. Fitzpatrick, P. Black, K. Ridge and B. Weld

 

23/0408

Any Other Business

It was agreed that a letter of support be sent to the Kildare Under-21 GAA Team who are competing in the All-Ireland Under-21 Final on Saturday, 3 May 2008.

 

The meeting then concluded.