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Venue: Council Chamber, County Hall, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

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C/101

Item not on Agenda

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An Cathaoirleach, Councillor O. Smyth, advised the Members that the following motion was handed up from the floor:

 

Motion (1) from the floor

 

It was proposed by Councillor M. Merrigan, and seconded by Councillors S. O’Brien, H. Lewis and A. Colgan:

 

“That, in order to expedite the business of the meeting, Members agree to commence the meeting with an “Agenda Clean-up” as follows:

·         Start will a “Call over” where Motions could be Withdrawn (for example, out-of-time) and where the Reports could be “Accepted Without Discussion” (for example, Member moves the Motion, it is seconded and then Manager’s Report Accepted).

 

·         Motions with [LETTER] could have a separate “Call Over” to either AGREE (moved, seconded and without discussion) or, if not to remain on the agenda until reached.

 

·         Consider introducing a “Consensus Call Over” where Motions that are non-contentious can be moved, seconded and AGREED without debate.

 

·         Then following the above, proceed to deal with the remaining matters as per Agenda.”

An Cathaoirleach, Councillor O. Smyth, RULED that the motion required a suspension of Standing Orders, and could be taken later in the meeting, once 45 minutes had passed.

C/102

Change in Order of Agenda

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A discussion took place, during which Ms Mary T. Daly, Director of Corporate Communications and Governance responded to Members queries.

 

It was AGREED to proceed with Item No. 2 on the Agenda (Housing Action Committee – Proposal).

C/103

Housing Action Committee - Proposal pdf icon PDF 148 KB

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It was jointly proposed and seconded by Councillors J. Bailey, M. Merrigan, H. Lewis, S. O’Brien, J. Gildea and D. O’Callaghan:

 

“That this Council, in recognition of the worsening housing crisis in this County, establishes a ‘Housing Action Committee’ (“HAC”) to explore ways to assist and to expedite the full implementation of the County’s Housing Strategy in conjunction with the Department, State Agencies, Approved Housing Bodies, Co-Operative Housing Organisations and other such bodies.  The membership of the “HAC” should include An Cathaoirleach and one representative from each political group on the Council and the term of office the “HAC” shall be the lifetime of this Council.”

 

A discussion took place during which Ms Catherine Keenan, Director of Housing and Philomena Poole, Chief Executive, responded to Members queries.

 

A roll call vote on the motion was requested, the result of which was as follows:

 

COUNCILLORS:

FOR

AGAINST

ABSTAINED

Cllr. John Bailey

?

 

 

Cllr. Marie Baker

 

?

 

Cllr. Emma Blain

 

?

 

Cllr. Shay Brennan

 

?

 

Cllr. Anne Colgan

?

 

 

Cllr. Jennifer Cuffe

 

 

 

Cllr. Chris Curran

?

 

 

Cllr. Kevin Daly

 

?

 

Cllr. Cormac Devlin

 

?

 

Cllr. Liam Dockery

 

 

 

Cllr. Deirdre Donnelly

 

 

 

Cllr. Daniel Dunne

 

?

 

Cllr. Mary Fayne

 

?

 

Cllr. Kate Feeney

 

?

 

Cllr. Jim Gildea

 

 

 

Cllr. Melisa Halpin

?

 

 

Cllr. Mary Hanafin

 

?

 

Cllr. Pat Hand

 

 

 

Cllr. John Kennedy

 

?

 

Cllr. Deirdre Kingston

?

 

 

Cllr. Hugh Lewis

?

 

 

Cllr. Lettie McCarthy

?

 

 

Cllr. Lynsey McGovern

 

 

 

Cllr. Michael Merrigan

?

 

 

Cllr. Brian Murphy

 

?

 

Cllr. Tom Murphy

 

?

 

Cllr. Sorcha Nic Cormaic

 

 

 

Cllr. Peter O’Brien

?

 

 

Cllr. Shane O’Brien

?

 

 

Cllr. Denis O’Callaghan

?

 

 

Cllr. Dave O’Keeffe

?

 

 

Cllr. Seamas O’Neill

 

?

 

Cllr. Barry Saul

 

 

 

Cllr. Donal Smith

 

 

 

Cllr. Carrie Smyth

?

 

 

Cllr. Ossian Smyth

 

?

 

Cllr. Patricia Stewart

 

?

 

Cllr. Grace Tallon

 

 

 

Cllr. Barry Ward

 

?

 

Cllr. Alex White

?

 

 

TOTAL:

14

16

 

 

An Cathaoirleach, Councillor O. Smyth declared the motion DEFEATED.

C/104

Vision for the Future of Foxrock pdf icon PDF 143 KB

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It was proposed by Councillor M. Hanafin, and seconded by Councillor J. Kennedy:

 

“That this Council set out a vision for the future of Foxrock in light of the intensive development planned.”

 

The report of the Chief Executive was AGREED.

C/105

Change in Order of Agenda

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A discussion took place, during which Ms M. T. Daly, Director of Corporate, Communications and Governance, responded to Members queries.

 

An Cathaoirleach, Councillor O. Smyth determinedthat Item 4 should move down the agenda to the point where the second motion for each Member sits, in accordance with Standing Order 19 (c).

C/106

Letter to Minister for Health pdf icon PDF 136 KB

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It was proposed by Councillor D. O’Keeffe, and seconded by Councillor M. Halpin:

 

“That this Council will write a letter to the Minister for Health in support of cannabis for medicinal use.”

 

The motion was AGREED.

C/107

Rental Calculations pdf icon PDF 143 KB

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It was proposed by Councillor M. Halpin, and seconded by Councillor D. O’Keeffe:

 

“That this Council agrees that the rent measure introduced a number of years ago which sees FIS and disability allowance calculated for rental purposes be reversed in the budget in October and that the Corporate Policy Group discuss this at its pre budget meetings.”

 

A discussion took place, during which Ms C. Keenan, Director of Housing and Ms P. Poole, Chief Executive responded to Members' queries.

 

Ms P. Poole, Chief Executive advised the Members in terms of implementation of the motion, that the production of the budget is a statutory process and is set out in legislation (S103 LG Act 2001).  The draft budget is prepared by the Chief Executive who consults with the CPG and it shall then be adopted by the full Council.  It cannot be drafted by individual motions throughout the year.

 

A roll call vote was requested on the motion, the result of which was as follows.

 

As per Standing Order 25 (m), a three minute interval prior to the roll call vote was requested and granted.

 

COUNCILLORS:

FOR

AGAINST

ABSTAINED

Cllr. John Bailey

?

 

 

Cllr. Marie Baker

?

 

 

Cllr. Emma Blain

?

 

 

Cllr. Shay Brennan

 

?

 

Cllr. Anne Colgan

?

 

 

Cllr. Jennifer Cuffe

 

 

 

Cllr. Chris Curran

?

 

 

Cllr. Kevin Daly

?

 

 

Cllr. Cormac Devlin

?

 

 

Cllr. Liam Dockery

 

 

 

Cllr. Deirdre Donnelly

?

 

 

Cllr. Daniel Dunne

 

 

 

Cllr. Mary Fayne

?

 

 

Cllr. Kate Feeney

 

 

 

Cllr. Jim Gildea

 

 

 

Cllr. Melisa Halpin

?

 

 

Cllr. Mary Hanafin

?

 

 

Cllr. Pat Hand

 

 

 

Cllr. John Kennedy

?

 

 

Cllr. Deirdre Kingston

?

 

 

Cllr. Hugh Lewis

?

 

 

Cllr. Lettie McCarthy

?

 

 

Cllr. Lynsey McGovern

 

 

 

Cllr. Michael Merrigan

?

 

 

Cllr. Brian Murphy

?

 

 

Cllr. Tom Murphy

?

 

 

Cllr. Sorcha Nic Cormaic

 

 

 

Cllr. Peter O’Brien

?

 

 

Cllr. Shane O’Brien

?

 

 

Cllr. Denis O’Callaghan

?

 

 

Cllr. Dave O’Keeffe

?

 

 

Cllr. Seamas O’Neill

?

 

 

Cllr. Barry Saul

 

 

 

Cllr. Donal Smith

?

 

 

Cllr. Carrie Smyth

?

 

 

Cllr. Ossian Smyth

?

 

 

Cllr. Patricia Stewart

 

?

 

Cllr. Grace Tallon

 

 

 

Cllr. Barry Ward

?

 

 

Cllr. Alex White

?

 

 

TOTAL:

28

2

 

 

An Cathaoirleach, Councillor O. Smyth, declared the motion CARRIED.

C/108

SPC Structure pdf icon PDF 160 KB

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It was proposed by Councillor A. Colgan, and seconded by Councillor M. Merrigan:

 

“That this Council request the Chief Executive to initiate a review of the SPC structure in DLR, with a view to identifying the strengths and any limitations of the structure as it operates in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown and the scope for strengthening/improving the operation of the policy advisory role of the SPCs; to request that all key stakeholders (staff, Councillors, PPN representatives and other representatives) would be fully engaged/consulted in such a review.”

 

A discussion took place, during which Ms M. T. Daly, Director of Corporate, Communications and Governance, responded to Members queries.

 

The motion was AGREED.

C/109

Change in Order of Agenda

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It was AGREED to take motion (1) from the floor at this time.

C/110

Item not on Agenda

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Motion (1) from the floor

 

It was proposed by Councillor M. Merrigan, and seconded by Councillors S. O’Brien, H. Lewis and A. Colgan:

 

“That, in order to expedite the business of the meeting, Members agree to commence the meeting with an “Agenda Clean-up” as follows:

·         Start will a “Call over” where Motions could be Withdrawn (for example, out-of-time) and where the Reports could be “Accepted Without Discussion” (for example, Member moves the Motion, it is seconded and then Manager’s Report Accepted).

 

·         Motions with [LETTER] could have a separate “Call Over” to either AGREE (moved, seconded and without discussion) or, if not to remain on the agenda until reached.

 

·         Consider introducing a “Consensus Call Over” where Motions that are non-contentious can be moved, seconded and AGREED without debate.

 

·         Then following the above, proceed to deal with the remaining matters as per Agenda.”

 

Motion (1) from the floor was AGREED.

C/111

Change in Order of Agenda

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It was AGREED to have a call over of motions at this time, in accordance with motion (1) from the floor.

C/112

The Wicklow Way pdf icon PDF 139 KB

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It was proposed by Councillor T. Murphy, and seconded by Councillor L. McCarthy:

 

“That this Council would liaise with South Dublin County Council, Wicklow County Council and Tourism Ireland given that Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown is the starting point for the Wicklow Way, an amenity of regional significance to investigate how this trail can be upgraded and marketed in a similar fashion to other regional amenities like the Wild Atlantic Way or Camino de Santiago.”

 

The report of the Chief Executive was AGREED.

C/113

Leopardstown Racing Sponsorship pdf icon PDF 139 KB

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It was proposed by Councillor M. Baker, and seconded by Councillor B. Ward:

 

“That this Council would bring a report outlining the reason why no sponsorship was forthcoming from Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Council for the Leopardstown post Christmas racing event in 2017.”

 

The report of the Chief Executive was AGREED.

C/114

Harbour Company Talks pdf icon PDF 136 KB

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It was proposed by Councillor J. Bailey, and seconded by Councillor M. Baker:

 

“That the Chief Executive give a full report on the Harbour Company talks.”

 

The report of the Chief Executive was AGREED.

C/115

Vacant Homes, Derelict Sites, Land Parcels pdf icon PDF 202 KB

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It was proposed by Councillor D. O'Keeffe, and seconded by Councillor M. Halpin:

 

“That this Council agrees to:

•  Create a registry of all vacant homes, derelict sites, and land parcels regardless of their size that have been vacant for 5 years or more (retrospectively) in the administrative area

• To Engage and negotiate with property owners and to bring the property into control of the Council

• To apply for necessary resources to acquire, renovate or develop sites where required from central government.

 

The report of the Chief Executive was AGREED.

C/116

Provision of Recycling Facilites in Planning Permission pdf icon PDF 166 KB

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It was proposed by Councillor P. Stewart, and seconded by Councillor M. Baker:

 

“That this Council, when a Planning Applications is submitted for a large commercial development, DLR Planning department assesses the site's suitability for the provision of recycling facilities, and if appropriate, makes it a condition of a planning permission.”

 

The report of the Chief Executive was AGREED.

 

C/117

Social and Affordable Housing pdf icon PDF 138 KB

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It was proposed by Councillor M. Halpin, and seconded by Councillor M. Merrigan:

 

“That this Council agrees that the Chief Executive should engage with the owners of Robinhill Apartments and St Helens Court with the aim of acquiring both apartment blocks for use as social and/or affordable housing.”

 

 

The report of the Chief Executive was AGREED.

C/118

East Pier Bandstand pdf icon PDF 136 KB

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It was proposed by Councillor M. Halpin, and seconded by Councillor L. McCarthy:

 

“That this Council agrees to write to Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company requesting a report on the Bandstand on the East Pier, the extent of damage from storm Emma and the estimated cost and time frame to repair this historical structure and reopen the upper deck of the pier.”

 

The report of the Chief Executive was AGREED.

C/119

Capital Projects at Risk pdf icon PDF 139 KB

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It was proposed by Councillors S. Brennan, and seconded by Councillor K. Feeney:

 

“That the Chief Executive outline planned capital projects that are at risk of cancellation or postponement as a result of the Minister for Transport’s recent action to transfer Dún Laoghaire harbour to Council ownership without providing any funding for the estimated €33m required to fund legacy liabilities.”

 

The report of the Chief Executive was AGREED.

C/120

Land Under Ownership of Tivway Limited pdf icon PDF 137 KB

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The following motion in the name of Councillor C. Curran was WITHDRAWN:

 

“That this Council will write to the National Asset Management Agency as well as The Ministers For Finance and Housing, Planning and Local Government to ask them engage directly with each other with a view to stopping the sale of land under the ownership of Tivway Limited (in receivership) and to explore mechanisms under which the site can be used for a varied range of accommodation needs to meet the current housing crisis in the social/public, affordable, rented and private sectors.”

C/121

Allocation Scheme pdf icon PDF 141 KB

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It was proposed by Councillor S. O'Brien, and seconded by Councillor M. Merrigan:

 

“That this Council call for a full review of the current Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council allocations scheme 2011.”

 

The report of the Chief Executive was AGREED.

C/122

Recruitment pdf icon PDF 143 KB

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It was jointly proposed and seconded by Councillors D. Kingston, D. O'Callaghan, P. O'Brien, G. Tallon, A. White and L. McCarthy:

 

“That this Council, as a matter of priority, begin the recruitment of qualified craftspeople and apprentices to serve with them.”

 

The report of the Chief Executive was AGREED.

C/123

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change pdf icon PDF 147 KB

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It was proposed by Councillors C. Smyth, D. Kingston, P. O'Brien, D. O'Callaghan, G. Tallon, A. White, and seconded by Councillor L. McCarthy:

 

“That this Council having regard to the national and international consensus, grounded on overwhelming scientific evidence, of the need to stabilise greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that prevents dangerous anthropogenic interference with the world’s climate system,

 

Mindful of the near universal consensus on the need for an international framework of agreements, under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, that adopts binding targets leading to a low carbon, climate resilient and environmentally sustainable world,

 

Welcoming the Paris Climate Agreement within the UNFCCC process as the world’s first comprehensive climate agreement, seeking: to reach global peaking of greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible; to hold the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels; to increase the ability to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change and foster climate resilience and low greenhouse gas emissions development, in a manner that does not threaten food production; and to make finance flows consistent with a pathway towards low greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development,

 

Further welcoming the fact that the final wording of the Paris Agreement was adopted by consensus by all of the 195 UNFCCC participating member states and the European Union, that 175 Parties signed the agreement on the first date it was open for signature, that the Agreement entered into effect on 4 November 2016 and that, as of December 2016, 191 states and the European Union had signed the Agreement and 148 had by then ratified or acceded to it including China, the United States and India, the countries with three of the four largest greenhouse gas emissions of the signatories’ total,

 

Condemns as profoundly narrow-minded, retrogressive and regrettable the announcement of 1 June 2017 by US President Donald Trump that the United States will withdraw from this agreement.”

 

The report of the Chief Executive was AGREED.

C/124

Drinking Fountains in Parks and Public Areas pdf icon PDF 139 KB

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It was proposed by Councillor L. McCarthy, and seconded by Councillor C. Smyth:

 

“That the Chief Executive would please consider introducing drinking fountains into our parks and (where feasible) public areas which may help reduce the amount of one-off plastic bottles discarded every day.”

 

The report of the Chief Executive was AGREED.

C/125

United Nations Convention pdf icon PDF 143 KB

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In the absence of Councillor J. Gildea, the following motion was re-entered to the March meeting of the County Council:

 

 “That this Council calls on the Chief Executive, in light of the fact that the government has signalled its intention to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) in the very near future, to include funding in the 2018 budget to enable the Council to advance implementation of the UNCRPD in the county and to prepare a report for the November meeting of the Council setting out the following:

a.The items for which the Council has direct responsibility in this regard and the statusof our preparedness on each item,

b.A list of other public bodies with whom this Council has engaged with on this matterand the areas covered in these engagements,

 

The measures taken to date, and those planned for in the near future, to ensure the participation and engagement by persons with disabilities and their representatives in local decision making structures and mechanisms.”

C/126

Traffic Congestion Around Cabinteely pdf icon PDF 144 KB

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In the absence of Councillor J. Gildea, the following motion was re-entered to the March meeting of the County Council:

 

 “That this Council requests the Chief Executive to review the operation of all traffic signals, lane lay-out and road markings in the general area of the junction of the N11 and Johnstown Road, Cabinteely with a view to relieving traffic congestion in the general area particularly at peak hours and at school closing times. It is noted that despite recent updating of the traffic signals at the junction of Johnstown Road and Granville Road the chronic traffic problems in the general area still exists. For clarity the general area referred to in the motion covers the area from just east of Pottery Road to a point 200m west of Cabinteely village on Brennanstown Road and all adjoining roads.”

C/127

Smart Parking System pdf icon PDF 136 KB

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In the absence of Councillor J. Gildea, the following motion was re-entered to the March meeting of the County Council:

 

 “That this Council calls on the Chief Executive to include funding in the 2018 budget to enable the Council to carry out a feasibility study on the implementation of a smart parking system in Dun Laoghaire.”

C/128

Flag at the 1916 Commemorative Gardens pdf icon PDF 135 KB

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In the absence of Councillor B. Saul, the following motion was re-entered to the March meeting of the County Council:

 

 "That this Council requests the Irish Flag to be flown at the 1916 commemorative gardens in Blackrock and Cabinteely Park."

C/129

Clause into Construction Projects pdf icon PDF 143 KB

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In the absence of Councillor B. Saul, the following motion was re-entered to the March meeting of the County Council:

 

"That this Council approves as policy the introduction of a community benefit clause on all Council construction projects above an agreed threshold and a report is brought to the Council in Q2 2017 for adoption."

C/130

Public Green Space/Parklands pdf icon PDF 157 KB

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In the absence of Councillor B. Saul, the following motion was re-entered to the March meeting of the County Council:

 

 “That this Council agrees to continue with previous Council policy regarding the granting of consent by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Executive to include public green space or parkland, or the creation of new accesses to public green space or parkland. This policy always included the consent of the local LEA Councillors before granting support / letters of comfort to any third party for this access in relation to a planning application?"

C/131

New Planning Regulations pdf icon PDF 139 KB

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The following motion in the name of Councillor A. Colgan was WITHDRAWN:

 

“That this Council examines as a matter of urgency the new regulations governing Councillors’ input into planning decisions by An Bord Pleanala in relation to developments of 100 units or more that go directly to An Bord Pleanala and that this Council with the assistance of the Planning Department agree on the approach to be taken by Councillors jointly to commenting on such planning applications.”

C/132

Recruitment pdf icon PDF 142 KB

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It was proposed by Councillor P. O’Brien, and seconded by Councillor D. O’Callaghan:

 

“That this Council, whilst welcoming the commitment in recruitment as adopted in the 2018 budget, notes that this Council remains understaffed in a number of areas. We call on the Council to endorse SIPTU's "Your County, Your Youth, Your Future" campaign. We ask that this Council establish a working group to campaign for policies which will tie together Local Authority recruitment and dealing with youth unemployment in our area.”

 

The report of the Chief Executive was AGREED.

C/133

Participatory Budgeting pdf icon PDF 138 KB

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The following motion in the name of Councillor A. Colgan was WITHDRAWN:

 

“That this Council establish a working group of officials and Councillors to examine the scope for introducing participatory budgeting on a pilot basis in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown.”

C/134

Rickshaws pdf icon PDF 143 KB

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In the absence of Councillor B. Murphy, the following motion was re-entered to the March meeting of the County Council:

 

 “That this Council agrees to ban rickshaws from operating anywhere within the vicinity of Dún-Laoghaire-Rathdown.”

C/135

Allocations of Rooms/Pitches pdf icon PDF 138 KB

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It was agreed by Councillor S. O'Neill, and seconded by Councillor L. McCarthy:

 

“That the Council allocates resources such as rooms, pitches etc to groups within the same ward first and then to other groups bearing in mind the social deprivation status of the area where the asset exists. This to be done wherever possible.”

 

The report of the Chief Executive was AGREED.

C/136

Citizenship Ceremonies pdf icon PDF 135 KB

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It was proposed by Councillor B. Ward, and seconded by Councillor M. Baker:

 

"That this Council agrees to facilitate the holding of citizenship ceremonies in County Hall, and resolves to request the Minister forJustice & Equality to take such steps as are necessary to provide for non-Irish residents of this county to become citizens of Ireland in this county, and to allow the Cathaoirleach of this Council to conduct such citizenship ceremonies in this county."

 

The motion was AGREED.

C/137

Local Enterprise Offices to act as a Gateway for Local Small and Medium Enterprise pdf icon PDF 143 KB

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It was proposed by Councillor J. Kennedy, and seconded by Councillor B. Ward:

 

"That this Council writes to the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation and the Minister for European Affairs to encourage an examination of possible enhancements that could be made to aid the ability of Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) to act as an effective application gateway for local SMEs to seek and obtain COSME funding from the EU, where such an examination ought to include consideration of a) resources support to aid LEOs in terms of COSME signposting advisory services b) possible adjustments required to increase the number of Irish financial institutions able to interact with COSME feasibly and c) adjustments to the EU Multiannual Financial Framework that could be encouraged by the Irish Government to enhance the future local distribution and amount of COSME funding that could potentially be sourced through an application process initiated through LEOs."

 

The motion was AGREED.

C/138

Cervical Check Scandal pdf icon PDF 152 KB

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It was proposed by Councillors S. Brennan, and seconded by Councillor C. Devlin:

 

“That this Council, noting the recent Cervical Check Scandal, calls upon the Minister for Health and the Taoiseach to acknowledge, support and respond in detail to the demands of the Standing 4 Women* Campaign, these include:

  • Legislation and policy on mandatory open disclosure independent of the patient safety bill,
  • Provision of a start and end date and full disclosure on the 1800 smears yet to be audited,

Breakdown of the new packages being negotiated laboratories carrying out smear slide analysis including mandatory site audits.”

 

The motion was AGREED.

C/139

Mapped Walking Trails pdf icon PDF 137 KB

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It was proposed by Councillor D. Donnelly, and seconded by Councillor D. Smith:

 

“That this Council support the introduction of mapped walking trails of the parks in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown (marked out in a similar way to Clonmore Park) to encourage walking and fitness across the County. This would include mapped out walks with distances.”

 

The report of the Chief Executive was AGREED.

C/140

Use of Single Yellow Lines within this County pdf icon PDF 163 KB

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It was proposed by Councillor C. Devlin, and seconded by Councillor K. Daly:

 

“That this Council supports the use of the Single Yellow Line within residential estates as part of the suite of measures of parking enforcement in this County and asks that this motion is forwarded onto the Transportation & County Wide Movement Strategic Policy Committee (S.P.C.) for consideration in any future amendments to this Council's Parking Control Bye-Laws?”

 

The report of the Chief Executive was AGREED.

C/141

Change in Order of Agenda

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As the call over of motions was complete, it was AGREED to return to the order of agenda.

C/142

Accommodating Disability pdf icon PDF 160 KB

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It was proposed by Councillor C. Smyth, and seconded by Councillor D. O’Callaghan:

 

“That the Chief Executive ensures Council Tenants requiring works which are reasonably necessary for the purposes of rendering their homes more suitable for accommodating a person with a disability who has an enduring physical, sensory, mental health or intellectual impairment to include works such as downstairs toilet facilities, accessible showers etc. have their applications assessed as soon as received and works carried out immediately.”

 

A discussion took place during which Ms Catherine Keenan, Director of Housing, responded to Members queries.

 

The report of the Chief Executive was NOTED. It was AGREED that Ms C. Keenan, Director of Housing, would revert on correspondence issued to applicants when funding was not available.

C/143

Change in Order of Agenda

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It was AGREED to take Item No. 46 in conjunction with Item No. 13.

C/143/11a/11

Height Restriction of Leylandii pdf icon PDF 137 KB

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It was proposed by Councillor L. McCarthy, and seconded by Councillor C. Smyth:

 

“That this Council write to the Minister for the Environment and Local Government asking for legislation to be introduced that will restrict the height of leylandii in this Country.”

 

The report of the Chief Executive was CONSIDERED.

C/143/11b/11

Leylandii pdf icon PDF 140 KB

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It was proposed by Councillor S. Brennan, and seconded by Councillor D. Dunne:

 

“That this Council, in recognition of the growing number of neighbourly disputes involving Leylandii physically encroaching on adjoining properties and also blocking sunlight, takes the following actions:    

1) Seeks government legislation to empower Councils to issue directives to property owners to maintain their leylandii at a height of no more than 2 meters and to ensure that it does not overgrow neighbours property
2) Investigates and reports on whether it is possible to introduce by-laws to control Leylandii in the County 
3) Publishes on the Council website advice and information for anyone affected by a neighbour's overgrown Leylandii?”

 

The report of the Chief Executive was CONSIDERED.

 

A discussion took place during which, Mr T. McHugh, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Municipal Services responded to Members queries.

 

Item No. 13

It was proposed by Councillor L. McCarthy, and seconded by Councillor C. Smyth:

 

“That this Council write to the Minister for the Environment and Local Government asking for legislation to be introduced that will restrict the height of leylandii in this Country.”

 

The motion was AGREED.

 

Item No. 46

It was proposed by Councillor S. Brennan, and seconded by Councillor D. Dunne:

 

“That this Council, in recognition of the growing number of neighbourly disputes involving Leylandii physically encroaching on adjoining properties and also blocking sunlight, takes the following actions:    

1) Seeks government legislation to empower Councils to issue directives to property owners to maintain their leylandii at a height of no more than 2 meters and to ensure that it does not overgrow neighbours property
2) Investigates and reports on whether it is possible to introduce by-laws to control Leylandii in the County 
3) Publishes on the Council website advice and information for anyone affected by a neighbour's overgrown Leylandii?”

 

The motion was AGREED.

 

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Change in Order of Agenda

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A discussion took place.

 

An Cathaoirleach, Councillor O. Smyth determinedthat Item 15 should move down the agenda to the point where the second motion for each Member sits, in accordance with Standing Order 19 (c).

C/145

Anti-Racism Charter/Policy pdf icon PDF 144 KB

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In the absence of Councillor S. Nic Cormaic, the following motion was re-entered to the March meeting of the County Council:

 

 “That this Council ensures that any company set up under the auspices of the Council has an anti-racism charter/policy written into their constitution.

And that the Council will ensure there is equity in cases where a member of the public makes a complaint under such an anti-racism charter/policy. (This could be by mediating in the matter or by reviewing the handling of the complaint after the fact to ensure the council's values, with regards to inclusion and anti-racism, are being maintained.)

Also that the Council should maintain the right to issue binding recommendations to the company with regards to compliance with the aforementioned values.”

C/146

Letters to An Taoiseach and the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government pdf icon PDF 138 KB

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It was proposed by Councillor J. Kennedy, and seconded by Councillor B. Ward:

 

"That this Council calls on the Government to hold a referendum in the near future on a proposal to permit multi-option referendum (or 'preferendum') questions to be put to the people, to allow extra flexibility (and consequently more inclusive and comprehensive democratic consultation of citizens) in referendum questions beyond just the existing, binary 'Yes' or 'No' options given, and that this proposal be communicated in a letter to the Taoiseach and the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government."

 

A discussion took place.

 

A roll call vote on the motion was requested, the result was as follows:

 

COUNCILLORS:

FOR

AGAINST

ABSTAINED

Cllr. John Bailey

 

 

 

Cllr. Marie Baker

?

 

 

Cllr. Emma Blain

?

 

 

Cllr. Shay Brennan

?

 

 

Cllr. Anne Colgan

?

 

 

Cllr. Jennifer Cuffe

?

 

 

Cllr. Chris Curran

 

 

 

Cllr. Kevin Daly

 

 

 

Cllr. Cormac Devlin

 

?

 

Cllr. Liam Dockery

 

 

 

Cllr. Deirdre Donnelly

 

 

 

Cllr. Daniel Dunne

?

 

 

Cllr. Mary Fayne

?

 

 

Cllr. Kate Feeney

?

 

 

Cllr. Jim Gildea

 

 

 

Cllr. Melisa Halpin

?

 

 

Cllr. Mary Hanafin

?

 

 

Cllr. Pat Hand

 

 

 

Cllr. John Kennedy

?

 

 

Cllr. Deirdre Kingston

 

 

 

Cllr. Hugh Lewis

?

 

 

Cllr. Lettie McCarthy

 

 

 

Cllr. Lynsey McGovern

 

 

 

Cllr. Michael Merrigan

 

?

 

Cllr. Brian Murphy

 

 

 

Cllr. Tom Murphy

?

 

 

Cllr. Sorcha Nic Cormaic

 

 

 

Cllr. Peter O’Brien

 

?

 

Cllr. Shane O’Brien

?

 

 

Cllr. Denis O’Callaghan

 

?

 

Cllr. Dave O’Keeffe

?

 

 

Cllr. Seamas O’Neill

?

 

 

Cllr. Barry Saul

 

 

 

Cllr. Donal Smith

 

 

 

Cllr. Carrie Smyth

 

?

 

Cllr. Ossian Smyth

?

 

 

Cllr. Patricia Stewart

?

 

 

Cllr. Grace Tallon

 

 

 

Cllr. Barry Ward

?

 

 

Cllr. Alex White

 

 

 

TOTAL:

19

6

 

 

An Cathaoirleach, Councillor O. Smyth, declared the motion CARRIED.

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Parking Control Bye Laws pdf icon PDF 145 KB

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It was proposed by Councillor P. Stewart, and seconded by Councillor M. Merrigan:

 

“That this Council agrees to amend the Parking Control Bye Laws:


Part III Parking Permits for Residents
Item 17.


Number of parking permits to be issued   

In any one year, the Council shall, on application by a resident, issue one parking permit per resident’s car within its own pay parking area, subject to production of acceptable evidence by the resident up to an upper limit of four residents parking permits per dwelling.       
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AMEND TO: ….subject to production of acceptable evidence by the resident concerning the availability or non-availability of off street parking to an upper limit of one residents parking permit per dwelling where there is off street parking available to the resident and two where there is no off street parking available.”

 

A discussion took place, during which Mr T. McHugh, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Municipal Services, responded to Members queries.

 

A roll call vote on the motion was requested, the result was as follows:

 

COUNCILLORS:

FOR

AGAINST

ABSTAINED

Cllr. John Bailey

 

 

 

Cllr. Marie Baker

?

 

 

Cllr. Emma Blain

?

 

 

Cllr. Shay Brennan

?

 

 

Cllr. Anne Colgan

 

?

 

Cllr. Jennifer Cuffe

?

 

 

Cllr. Chris Curran

 

 

 

Cllr. Kevin Daly

?

 

 

Cllr. Cormac Devlin

?

 

 

Cllr. Liam Dockery

 

 

 

Cllr. Deirdre Donnelly

 

 

 

Cllr. Daniel Dunne

?

 

 

Cllr. Mary Fayne

?

 

 

Cllr. Kate Feeney

?

 

 

Cllr. Jim Gildea

 

 

 

Cllr. Melisa Halpin

?

 

 

Cllr. Mary Hanafin

?

 

 

Cllr. Pat Hand

 

 

 

Cllr. John Kennedy

 

 

 

Cllr. Deirdre Kingston

 

 

 

Cllr. Hugh Lewis

?

 

 

Cllr. Lettie McCarthy

?

 

 

Cllr. Lynsey McGovern

 

 

 

Cllr. Michael Merrigan

?

 

 

Cllr. Brian Murphy

 

 

 

Cllr. Tom Murphy

?

 

 

Cllr. Sorcha Nic Cormaic

 

 

 

Cllr. Peter O’Brien

?

 

 

Cllr. Shane O’Brien

?

 

 

Cllr. Denis O’Callaghan

?

 

 

Cllr. Dave O’Keeffe

?

 

 

Cllr. Seamas O’Neill

?

 

 

Cllr. Barry Saul

 

 

 

Cllr. Donal Smith

 

 

 

Cllr. Carrie Smyth

?

 

 

Cllr. Ossian Smyth

?

 

 

Cllr. Patricia Stewart

?

 

 

Cllr. Grace Tallon

 

 

 

Cllr. Barry Ward

?

 

 

Cllr. Alex White

?

 

 

TOTAL:

25

1

 

 

An Cathaoirleach, Councillor O. Smyth, declared the motion CARRIED.

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Electric Vehicle Fleet Strategy pdf icon PDF 158 KB

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It was proposed by Councillor O. Smyth, and seconded by Councillor B. Ward:

 

“That the Chief Executive prepare a draft electric vehicle fleet strategy as part of our climate change mitigation strategy. This strategy should include a plan to replace the entire existing council fleet of diesel and petrol cars and vans with zero-emission vehicles over a period of 5-10 years. New petrol or diesel cars or vans should only be chosen where it is impossible to source a zero-emission alternative.  In this case, the petrol or diesel vehicle should be leased or hired rather than bought.”

 

The report of the Chief Executive was AGREED.

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Reducing Plastics in Rivers and Seas pdf icon PDF 188 KB

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It was proposed by Councillor T. Murphy, and seconded by Councillor M. Halpin:

 

“That this Council investigates how we as a county can reduce the use of plastic products which find their way into our rivers and seas.”

 

The motion was AGREED.

C/150

Re-entering of Items

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It was AGREED to re-enter Items Nos. 4, 9, 11, 14, 15, 17, 22, 26, 33 – 35, 37, 38, 40, 42, 43, 50 – 55, 57 and 59 – 61 to the March County Council meeting.

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Conclusion of Meeting

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The meeting concluded at 8.00pm.