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C/271

Confirmation of Minutes pdf icon PDF 220 KB

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Minutes of County Council Meeting held on 8th April 2019

 

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

 

“That the minutes of the County Council meeting held on 8th April 2019 were ADOPTED and APPROVED.”

C/272

Questions (See attached appendix)

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

 

“That pursuant to Standing Order No. 13 (c) question numbers A.1 to A.24 be ADOPTED and APPROVED.”

C/273

Councillor C. Curran: Affidavits pdf icon PDF 67 KB

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C/274

Councillor C. Devlin: Report on the Derelict Sites Register pdf icon PDF 130 KB

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C/275

Councillor C. Devlin: Report and Presentation on the Design Standards for New Apartments pdf icon PDF 60 KB

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C/276

Councillor C. Devlin: The Need to Improve & Lengthen the N11/Cornelscourt Village Turning Lane pdf icon PDF 56 KB

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C/277

Councillor C. Devlin: Fire Safety in Ireland - Report of Fire Safety Task Force pdf icon PDF 70 KB

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C/278

Councillor C. Devlin: International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives pdf icon PDF 56 KB

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C/279

Councillor J. Gildea: Parking Near Brides Glen and Cherrywood Luas Station pdf icon PDF 60 KB

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C/280

Councillor M. Halpin: Stall in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Coco Markets pdf icon PDF 67 KB

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C/281

Councillor H. Lewis: Parking Stillorgan Heath pdf icon PDF 53 KB

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C/282

Councillor M. Merrigan: BID DL Company pdf icon PDF 61 KB

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C/283

Councillor M. Merrigan: Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company Accounts pdf icon PDF 58 KB

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C/284

Councillor M. Merrigan: DLR Properties Limited - Accountability pdf icon PDF 64 KB

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C/285

Councillor M. Merrigan: Transfers between Local Authorities pdf icon PDF 88 KB

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C/286

Councillor M. Merrigan: Part VIII Developments - Cost Overruns pdf icon PDF 59 KB

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C/287

Councillor D. O'Keeffe: Allocation Scheme pdf icon PDF 79 KB

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C/288

Councillor D. O'Keeffe: Dublin Fire Brigade pdf icon PDF 59 KB

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C/289

Councillor D. O'Keeffe: Aerial Appliance in Dún Laoghaire Station pdf icon PDF 77 KB

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C/290

Councillor D. O'Keeffe: HAP pdf icon PDF 47 KB

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C/291

Councillor D. O'Keeffe: HAP RAS Properties pdf icon PDF 58 KB

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C/292

Councillor S. O'Neill: FAI Funding pdf icon PDF 58 KB

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C/293

Councillor C. Smyth: Halloween Events pdf icon PDF 54 KB

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C/294

Councillor C. Smyth: Prioritisation Rational LSSIF pdf icon PDF 60 KB

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C/295

Councillor C. Smyth: Parent and Child Specific Parking Bays pdf icon PDF 55 KB

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C/296

Councillor C. Smyth: Closed Cemeteries Maintenance Programme pdf icon PDF 53 KB

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C/297

Conferences and Training for Councillors in accordance with Section 142 (5) of the Local Government Act 2001 as amended by Sections 53 (2) of the Local Government Reform Act 2014 pdf icon PDF 44 KB

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List of Conferences and Training Courses for Councillors

 

It was NOTED that there was no business under this heading.

C/298

Conferences and Training for Councillors in accordance with Section 142 (5) of the Local Government Act 2001 as amended by Sections 53 (2) of the Local Government Reform Act 2014 pdf icon PDF 36 KB

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Approval of Nominations for Conferences and Training Courses

 

It was NOTED that there was no business under this heading.

C/299

Conferences and Training for Councillors in accordance with Section 142 (5) of the Local Government Act 2001 as amended by Sections 53 (2) of the Local Government Reform Act 2014 pdf icon PDF 55 KB

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The report of the Chief Executive was CONSIDERED.

 

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

C/300

Proposed Disposal of Properties

Proposed Disposal of Fee Simple Interest Pursuant to the Landlord and Tenant (Ground Rents) (No. 2) Act, 1978

 

The proposed disposal was CONSIDERED.

 

It was proposed by Councillor S. O’Brien, seconded by Councillor M. Baker and RESOLVED:

 

“That the proposed disposal of fee simple interest as set out in the attached schedule be carried out in accordance with the terms specified in the foregoing report.”

C/301

Proposed Disposal of Properties

Proposed Disposal of Fee Simple Interest Pursuant to the Landlord and Tenant (Ground Rents) (No. 2) Act, 1978

 

The proposed disposal was CONSIDERED.

 

It was proposed by Councillor C. Devlin, seconded by Councillor D. Donnelly and RESOLVED:

 

“That the proposed disposal of fee simple interest as set out in the attached schedule be carried out in accordance with the terms specified in the foregoing report.”

C/302

Proposed Disposal of Properties

Proposed Disposal of the Council's Freehold Interest in an area of land at 554A Grange Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14 (details supplied)

 

The proposed disposal was CONSIDERED.

 

It was proposed by Councillor S. Nic Cormaic, seconded by Councillor P. Hand and RESOLVED:

 

“That the proposed disposal of freehold interest as set out in the attached schedule be carried out in accordance with the terms specified in the foregoing report.”

C/303

Proposed Disposal of Properties

Proposed Disposal of Site adjacent to "Peach Cottage", Upper Churchtown Road (leading to Sweetmount Park), Churchtown, Dublin 14. Site at the rear of Dundrum Library known as the former HSE Health Centre and Dispensary and the removal of Restrictive Covenants- Select Vestry of Taney Parish Church

 

The proposed disposal was CONSIDERED.

 

It was proposed by Councillor P. Hand, seconded by Councillor E. Blain and RESOLVED:

 

“That the proposed disposal of site as set out in the attached schedule be carried out in accordance with the terms specified in the foregoing report.”

C/304

Adoption of the Annual Report 2018 pdf icon PDF 76 KB

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The report of the Chief Executive was CONSIDERED.

 

A discussion took place, during which Ms. P. Poole, Chief Executive responded to Members’ queries.

 

It was proposed by Councillor P. Stewart, seconded by Councillor D. Kingston and RESOLVED:

 

“That the report of the Chief Executive be AGREED.

C/305

Draft Affordable Housing Scheme of Priority pdf icon PDF 234 KB

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The report of the Chief Executive was CONSIDERED.

 

Ms. C. Keenan, Director of Housing made a presentation on the draft Affordable Housing Scheme of Priority.

 

An Cathaoirleach, Councillor O. Smyth advised the Members that the following motion (2) was handed up from the floor:

 

Motion (2) from the floor:

It was proposed by Councillor M.Halpin, and seconded by Councillors H.Lewis, D.O’Keeffe, M.Merrigan, A.Colgan, S.O’Brien, D.O’Callaghan, P.O’Brien, D.Kingston, L.McCarthy, C.Smyth:

 

“That this Council agrees that the lack of response to our motion of 8 April 2019 by the Minister is unacceptable and we reaffirm our position that the Draft Scheme of Priority for Affordable Housing is wholly inadequate for Dun Laoghaire Rathdown as it does not cater for those who are from the county but are forced to live outside it due to unaffordable rents, nor does it cater for those who are living outside the county but whose support networks are within the county. We, once again, request to Minister to revise the eligibility criteria to take this into account.”

 

 

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

 

 

An Cathaoirleach, Councillor O’ Smyth advised the Members that the following motion (3) was handed up from the floor:

 

Motion (3) from the floor:

It was proposed by Councillor J. Bailey and seconded by Councillors B, Ward, L. McGovern, J. Gildea, M. Baker, E. Blain, T. Murphy, P. Hand, P. Stewart, M. Fayne, J. Kennedy and B. Saul:

 

“To request that the manager give this council the reassurance that any person or persons that have a genuine connection to the county of DLR will not be precluded from applying and qualifying for this affordable scheme. That genuine connection can be similar in some aspects of the “rural needs policy in the county” for example if a person, or persons can prove a family connection, a need for affordable housing, educated at primary or secondary level in the county but because of the cost of purchase or rental homes it has prohibited them from remaining in the area of DLRCOCO and have had to move further afield.

By that rationale, then we should be encouraging and supporting them in providing affordable homes in a fair and transparent manner that includes their needs too.

 

We should not be including distance in this scheme as it’s not as straight forward as suggested, but a genuine connection to the county is by far more suitable, fair, appropriate and transparent for all. It should be equal to all applying if there is a need for housing.”

 

 

It was AGREED to take the motions from the floor at this time.

 

 

Motion (2) from the floor:

It was proposed by Councillor M.Halpin, and seconded by Councillors H.Lewis, D.O’Keeffe, M.Merrigan, A.Colgan, S.O’Brien, D.O’Callaghan, P.O’Brien, D.Kingston, L.McCarthy, C.Smyth:

 

“That this Council agrees that the lack of response to our  ...  view the full minutes text for item C/305

C/306

Extension of Meeting

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It was AGREED to EXTEND the meeting to 8.15 p.m.

C/307

Draft Affordable Housing Scheme of Priority

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A discussion on further amendments to the proposed distances in the Scheme took place, during which Ms. C. Keenan, Director of Housing, Ms. H. Bradley, GIS Systems Officer, Planning and Human Resources Department and Ms. P. Poole, Chief Executive responded to Members queries.

 

Employment Distance: 50 km

A show of hands vote on changing the employment distance in the Scheme to 50 km was requested, the result was as follows:

 

FOR: 7

AGAINST: 17

 

An Cathaoirleach, Councillor O. Smyth declared the proposal to change the employment distance in the Scheme to 50 km DEFEATED.

 

Employment Distance: 150 km

A roll call vote on changing the employment distance in the Scheme to 150 km 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 NicCormaic

?

 

 

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:

22

10

1

 

An Cathaoirleach, Councillor O. Smyth declared the proposal to change the employment distance in the Scheme to 150 km CARRIED.

 

 

Education Distance: 35 km

A roll call vote on changing the education distance for primary and post primary schools in the Scheme to 35 km 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 NicCormaic

?

 

 

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:

22

10

1

 

An Cathaoirleach, Councillor O. Smyth declared the proposal to change the education distance for primary and post primary schools in the Scheme to 35 km CARRIED.

 

 

It was proposed by Councillor B. Ward, seconded by Councillor L. McGovern and RESOLVED:

 

“That the report of the Chief Executive be AGREED, as amended above.”

C/308

Draft Climate Change Action Plan in accordance with Section 130 Local Government Act, 2001 - 2014 pdf icon PDF 56 KB

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The report of the Chief Executive was CONSIDERED.

 

It was AGREED to take Item No. 50 and Item No. 62 in conjunction with Item No. 7.

 

A discussion took place.

 

 

It was proposed by Councillor P. O’Brien, seconded by Councillor S. Nic Cormaic and RESOLVED:

 

“That the report of the Chief Executive be AGREED.”

 

Item No. 50

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

 

“That this Council agrees to find designated spaces where wild meadows will be encouraged to grow and will consider the possibility of converting green roofs to wild meadow roofs where possible in order to increase and maintain habitats for bees and other pollinators.”

 

The motion was AGREED.

 

Item No. 62

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

 

That this Council declares a climate emergency.

 

We call on central government to immediately take the radical measures necessary to drastically and sustainably reduce our carbon emissions. That all future policies and possible solutions are in keeping with a just transition, and that this just transition is taken within a global context.

 

We further call on central government to take all steps needed to profoundly reduce our contribution to anthropogenic climate change, and to aid the international effort of preventing irreversible global warming and climate catastrophe.”

 

The motion was AGREED.

C/309

Retirement of Frank Austin, Director of Infrastructure and Climate Change

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An Cathaoirleach, Councillor O. Smyth, the Group Leaders and the Chief Executive wished Mr. Frank Austin, Director of Infrastructure and Climate Change well on his retirement from Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council after 40 years of Local Government service and thanked him for his dedication, professionalism and contribution to the County.

C/310

Retirement of Councillors from Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council

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An Cathaoirleach, Councillor O. Smyth led tributes from the Members and the Chief Executive to former Councillor Jennifer Cuffe, Councillor Chris Curran, Councillor Patricia Stewart, Councillor Grace Tallon and Councillor Alex White who are retiring from Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council after many years of service. An Cathaoirleach wished them and their family’s well in all their future endeavours.

C/311

Conclusion of Meeting

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An Cathaoirleach, Councillor O. Smyth thanked the Members for their courtesy and assistance over the last five years. He also thanked the Chief Executive, Management Team and staff of the Council for their help and support during the term of the Council.

 

The meeting concluded at 8.15 p.m.