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									    Minutes of Ordinary Meeting of Galway City Council, held on
  Monday 15th October 2007 at 4.00 p.m., in City Hall, College Road,
                              Galway.


Presiding:        Cllr. T. Costello, Mayor of the City of Galway.

Present:          Councillors: Cllr. Brolcháin N.Ó., D. Callanan; B. Cameron;
                  P. Conneely; Colette Connolly; Catherine Connolly; J.
                  Connolly; M. J. Crowe; M. Leahy; D. Lyons; D. McDonnell,
                  J. Mulholland, T. O’Flaherty & B. Walsh.

In Attendance:    Mr. J. MacGrath, City Manager,
                  Mr. J. O’Neill, Director of Services,
                  Mr. C. Hayes, Director of Services,
                  Mr. T. Connell, Director of Services,
                  Mr. T. Hernon, Director of Services,
                  Ms. B. Woods, Head of Finance,
                  Mr. J. Tansey, Senior Engineer,
                  Mr. M. Burke, Senior Executive Officer,
                  Ms. F. Mullarkey, Senior Executive Officer,
                  Ms. A. Brett, A/Senior Executive Officer,
                  Mr. R. Brennan, Senior Executive Engineer,
                  Mr. L. Blake, Senior Executive Planner,
                  Ms. P. Philbin, Administrative Officer,
                  Mr. G. Papa, Technician,
                  Mr. J. Harold, Arts Officer,
                  Ms. A. Collins, Water Conservation Officer,
                  Ms. M. Ní Mhulláín, Oifigeach Gealteacht,
                  Ms. M. Tierney, Staff Officer,
                  Ms. K. Lohan, Clerical Officer


At the outset of the meeting, the Mayor, Cllr. T. Costello, expressed his
sympathy to the family and friends of the murdered Swiss student, Ms.
Manuela Riedo, R.I.P. The Mayor spoke of the shock felt by the city of
Galway on the recent murder of the young Swiss student. He advised the
meeting that both he and the City Manager, Mr. Joe MacGrath, will travel
to Berne, Switzerland to attend Ms Riedo’s funeral later in the week to
convey the sympathy of the people of Galway city to her family. The
Mayor added that he will bring a letter of sympathy on behalf of the
citizens of Galway to the funeral.

The Elected Council spoke of their horror and revulsion at the young
student’s murder and extended their heartfelt sympathies to the family of
the late Ms. Manuela Riedo R.I.P.




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Councillors welcomed the fact that the Mayor and the City Manager are to
attend Ms. Riedo’s funeral in Switzerland and added that it was important
that the citizens of Galway are represented at the funeral.
The City Manager expressed his sympathy to the family and friends of the
late Ms. Manuela Riedo R.I.P on behalf of the management and staff of
Galway City Council.

The Mayor requested Councillors to wear robes at the special mass to be
held in honour of Ms. Manuela Riedo, R.I.P in Renmore Church at 7.30pm
on Thursday evening.

Cllr. Catherine Connolly proposed a one minutes silence as a mark of
respect to the late Ms Manuela Riedo R.I.P.
This was seconded by Cllr. D. McDonnell and agreed.
A minutes silence was then observed at the meeting.

1.      Consideration of Minutes:

(a)     Minutes of Ordinary Meeting of Galway City Council held on
        Monday 10th September 2007.

On the proposition of Cllr. T. O’Flaherty, seconded by Cllr. M. Leahy, the
Minutes of the Ordinary meeting of Galway City Council held on 10th
September 2007 were taken as read, confirmed and signed.

Matters of Accuracy:

None

Matters Arising:

 In response to a request from Cllr. D. Lyons for clarification regarding
  the ownership of the site for the proposed Knocknacarra Community
  Centre arising from Page 6 of the Minutes, Mr. T. Hernon confirmed
  that the site is not strictly owned by the City Council and that
  discussions are on-going with the owners of the site with a view to
  reaching a positive outcome by the end of the year. The City Manager
  confirmed that the site is still available to the City Council but added
  that the site was made available to the City Council on condition that a
  community facility was built on it by March 2007, which has not
  materialised.

     In response to a query raised by Cllr. B. Walsh, Mr T Hernon advised
     that the issue of private sector involvement in the Community Centre
     would be addressed in his report on the Community Centre due for
     discussion at the City Council meeting in December.

      Cllr. Catherine Connolly referred to Page 2 of the Minutes and
       requested clarification on whether the Department of the
       Environment, Heritage and Local Government had responded to the
       City Council’s request for legislation/regulation regarding the spread
       of zebra mussels.


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Cllr. Catherine Connolly then proposed:

“That the serious implications of the spread of zebra mussels and the
effect of this on the water intake and on the sewerage treatment plant be
placed as an Item on the Agenda for the next Ordinary Meeting of the City
Council”.

This was seconded by Cllr. B. Cameron and agreed.

    Arising from Page 4 of the Minutes, Cllr. T. O’Flaherty requested
     that a report on the City Council’s twinning arrangements and a list
     of all places twinned with Galway be circulated to the members.

    Cllr. T. O’Flaherty referred to Page 2 of the Minutes and requested
     an update on the proposal to honour poets in Eyre Square. Mr. T.
     Hernon indicated that he would revert with an update.

    In response to a question raised by Cllr. D. McDonnell arising from
     Page 14 of the Minutes, Mr. C. Hayes confirmed that the City
     Council is currently in negotiations with the landowners to purchase
     the lands required to carry out the proposed road improvements to
     the Doughiska Road.

    In response to a query raised by Cllr. Brolcháin N.Ó., the City
     Manager confirmed that all relevant groups will be consulted with
     regard to the Headford Road Framework Plan.

(b)    Minutes of Special Meeting of Galway City Council held on
       Monday 24th September 2007.

On the proposition of Cllr. B. Walsh, seconded by Cllr. D. McDonnell, the
Minutes of the Special Meeting of Galway City Council held on Monday,
24th September 2007 were taken as read, confirmed and signed.

Matters of Accuracy:

None

   Matters Arising:

   In response to issues raised by Cllr. D. Lyons on the recent
   disruption of water supply in the west of the city, Mr. C. Hayes
   advised that an incident occurred last Thursday in Newcastle which
   caused a burst water main, that the City Council had responded
   immediately to repair the pipe and had advised the public as quickly as
   possible the following morning on Galway Bay FM. Mr. Hayes further
   advised that the water only gradually came back to the affected areas
   due to the fact that the incident coincided with the highest period of
   domestic demand for water. Mr. Hayes stressed that this incident was
   not a water contamination issue, that he regretted the inconvenience
   caused and he advised that he would take on board Councillors


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   requests to inform the public of any future incidents through the
   Council’s website and telephone messaging service.

 The Mayor referred to Page 4 of the Minutes and requested Cllr. P.
  Conneely to withdraw remarks made by him at the previous City
  Council meeting on 24th September 2007.

   Cllr. P. Conneely withdrew offending remarks made by him at this
   meeting and apologised to the Mayor and the Council for failing to
   comply with Standing Orders.

   The Mayor sought clarification from Cllr. P. Conneely as to whether his
   apology extended to the officials of the City Council. Cllr. P. Conneely
   replied that his apology extended to all those named in the official
   minutes.

   The meeting adjourned at 4.40pm for 5 minutes while the City
   Manager and Management Team left the Chamber to consider Cllr. P.
   Conneely’s statement.

   After the adjournment, the City Manager stated that Cllr. P. Conneely’s
   comments made at the previous City Council meeting were not only
   abusive and insulting but had been delivered in a violent manner. The
   City Manager advised that he would not stand over such abusive
   behaviour and that he had a duty, as an employer, to protect the
   health and safety of staff.

   The City Manager advised that he had sought an apology and a
   withdrawal plus an undertaking that City Council staff would not be
   subject to such verbal abuse again from Cllr. P. Conneely and added
   that until such time as this is received, City Council staff will not have
   any dealings with Cllr. P. Conneely. The City Manager stressed
   however, that this stance will not disrupt the proceedings of City
   Council meetings.

   In response to a request for clarification from Cllr. P. Conneely
   regarding communication with Council officials, the Mayor replied that
   it was apparent that his apology was not sufficient to the officials.


 It was proposed by Cllr. D. Callanan :

   “ That a Civic Reception be held to honour The Galway & District
   League Ladies Soccer Team who had recently won the Umbro FAI
   Womens Cup for the first time”.

   This was seconded by Cllr. T. O’Flaherty and agreed.

 Cllr. M. Leahy proposed:

   “That the Elected Council now proceed to consider Item 5 Business
   Prescribed by Statute”


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     This was seconded by Cllr. J. Connolly and agreed.

 Cllr. Catherine Connolly proposed:

     “ That Notice of Motions received under Standing Order No. 22 be dealt
     with at 7pm”.

     This was seconded by Cllr. B. Walsh and agreed.

 Cllr. M. Leahy proposed:

     “ That Item 5(h) be dealt with first”

     This was seconded by Cllr. T. O’Flaherty and agreed.

5.      Business Prescribed by Statute.

(h) Section 183 of The Local Government Act 2001, and Section
        211 of The Local Government (Planning & Development) Act,
        2000, - Disposal of Lands at Ballybane, Galway to SCCUL
        Enterprise Ltd as per terms of Statutory Notice dated 4th
        October 2007 as circulated to Members

        Mr. C. Hayes referred to his report dated 4th October 2007 already
        circulated to members in respect of the above proposed disposal of
        land to SCCUL Enterprises Ltd.

        He explained that the proposal to dispose of 1.137 acres of land at
        Ballybane follows from the development of enterprise units by
        SCCUL Enterprises Ltd. in partnership with Galway City Council.
        Mr. Hayes outlined the background to the development of
        community based enterprise units, the main elements of the
        proposed Enterprise Centre Village and recommended to Council
        that the lands as detailed in his Report be disposed of to SCCUL
        Enterprises Ltd in accordance with the conditions specified in the
        Statutory Notice.

        A debate ensued regarding the proposed disposal of lands at
        Ballybane to SCCUL Enterprises Ltd.

        Cllr. D. Callanan made negative comments about the Directors of
        SCCUL and voiced his concern that the City Council were proposing
        to sell 1.137 acres of land for the consideration of €71,679.00 to
        SCCUL Enterprises Ltd in fee simple. Cllr. D. Callanan stated that
        he had a serious difficulty with SCCUL allocating the enterprise
        units, he questioned the procedure to be applied in allocating the
        units by SCCUL and called for controls to be placed on the allocation
        of the enterprise units by SCCUL Enterprises Ltd.




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Cllr. Catherine Connolly stated that she supported the initiative but
called for more accountability and transparency in the allocation of
the enterprise units.

Several Councillors called on Cllr. D. Callanan to withdraw his
negative remarks regarding SCCUL and condemned the aspersions
cast on the integrity of the Directors of SCCUL Enterprise Ltd by
him. They praised the Directors of SCCUL Enterprises Ltd for their
tremendous voluntary work in the Ballybane area and voiced their
support for the proposed community enterprise centre.

The Mayor called on Cllr. D. Callanan to reflect on what he said
regarding SCCUL Enterprises Ltd. In response, Cllr. D. Callanan
stated that he had not questioned the integrity of SCCUL
Enterprises Ltd but had serious concerns regarding the proposed
disposal of land for the consideration of €71,679 to the
organisation.

In response, Mr. C. Hayes explained that a separate Committee,
which includes representatives from the Credit Union, Galway City
Council and GMIT, has been established to vet applications for the
enterprise units and to ensure controls are in place going forward.

He alluded to the fact that this development is the second
public/private partnership between St Columba’s Credit Union and
Galway City Council, the first being the Ballybane Neighbourhood
Village Centre which went on to win a number of national and
international awards.

Mr. Hayes clarified the City Council’s membership and participation
on the Board of SCCUL. Mr. Hayes also confirmed that the City
Council will rent one of the enterprise units to establish a wire
stripping enterprise.

The City Manager advised that it is proposed to nominate Mr. T.
Connell as the City Council’s representative to the Board of SCCUL,
in his capacity as Director for Economic Development, in place of
the out-going representative, Mr. C. Hayes.

Some Councillors requested clarification regarding the proposed
tenure and conditions of the proposed sale of lands to SCCUL
Enterprises Ltd. In response, Mr. C. Hayes referred to a letter
dated 15th October 2007 from SCCUL Enterprises Ltd, which
outlined restrictions on the proposed disposal and which stated,
inter alia, that:

 If the Enterprise Centre is sold by SCCUL within a period of
  twenty years from the acquisition of the land, the consent of the
  City Council would be required for such sale
 All units of the Enterprise Centre are to be let on a short term
  business letting or agreement for a period of 4 years and 6
  months


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 The only tenants that will be granted a long lease will be the
  Brothers of Charity

The following motions were then tabled at the meeting:

1.    Cllr. B. Cameron proposed:

      “That Galway City Council as a partner with SCCUL
      Enterprises Ltd ensure by inserting in any contract and or
      lease of an enterprise unit that the said employer pay at
      least the minimum wage”

This was seconded by Cllr. Brolcháin N.Ó.

The Mayor called for a vote to be taken on Cllr. B. Cameron’s
motion and the result was as follows:

In Favour:   14
Against:     1

The Mayor declared the motion carried.

2.    Cllr. Catherine Connolly proposed:

      “That this Council receive a comprehensive 6 monthly report
      on the operation of the enterprise units including the number
      of units operating, nature of business and length and nature
      of waiting list”.

At the suggestion of the City Manager, Cllr. Catherine Connolly
agreed to amend her motion to read “annual report” instead of “6
monthly report”.

This was seconded by Cllr. B. Cameron.

The Mayor called for a vote to be taken on Cllr. Catherine Connolly’s
motion as amended and the result was as follows:

In Favour:   15
Against:     Nil

The Mayor declared the motion carried.

3.    Cllr. Catherine Connolly then proposed:

      “That this site be given to SCCUL on a 99 year lease and
      then to revert to the City Council”

This was seconded by Cllr. B. Cameron.

The Mayor called for a vote to be taken on Cllr. Catherine Connolly’s
motion and the result was follows:


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      In Favour:   14
      Abstention   1

      The Mayor declared the motion carried.

      4.    Cllr. D. Mc Donnell then proposed:

            “That Galway City Council resolve pursuant to Section 183 of
            the Local Government Act 2001 and Section 211 of the
            Planning & Development Act 2000 to dispose of land held by
            Galway City Council at Ballybane, Galway to SCCUL
            Enterprises Ltd subject to the terms of the Statutory Notice
            dated 4th October 2007 as circulated to the Elected Council as
            amended to included the terms of the motions passed above
            by the Elected Council and to include the following two
            conditions also:

            1.     All units of the Enterprise Centre will be let on a short
                   term business letting or agreement for a period of 4
                   years and 6 months
            2.     The only tenants that will be granted a long lease will
                   be the Brothers of Charity”.

      This was seconded by Cllr. D. Lyons.

      The Mayor called for a vote to be taken on Cllr. D. Mc Donnell’s
      motion and the result was as follows:

      In Favour:   14
      Abstention   1

      The Mayor declared the motion for disposal subject to the
      conditions detailed above, carried.

(b)   Annual Financial Statement 2006:

It was proposed by Cllr. B. Walsh, seconded by Cllr. M.J. Crowe and
agreed to approve the Annual Financial Statement 2006

(C)   Raising of a Bridging Loan for affordable housing at Na
      Blatha Creige, Clybaun Road, Galway.

It was proposed by Cllr. D. Lyons, seconded by Cllr. B. Walsh and agreed
to authorise the raising of a bridging loan of €600,000.00 from the
Housing Finance Agency Ltd for the purpose of building a scheme of
affordable houses at Na Blatha Creige, Clybaun Road, Galway to
supplement the original loan of €2,900,000 on 12th June 2006.




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(d)   Raising of a Loan – Affordable Housing at Na Blatha Creige,
      Clybaun Road Galway.

It was proposed by Cllr. Catherine Connolly, seconded by Cllr. D. Lyons
and agreed to authorise the raising of a loan of €1,000,000 from the
Housing Finance Agency Ltd for the purpose of issuing loans to borrowers
to purchase houses under the Affordable Housing Scheme at Na Blatha
Creige, Clybaun Road Galway.

(e)   Raising of a Bridging Loan for Affordable Housing Scheme at
      Pairc Mherlin, Galway, Phase 3

It was proposed by Cllr. D. McDonnell, seconded by Cllr. T. O’Flaherty and
agreed to authorise the raising of a bridging loan of €2,000,000 to finance
the construction of the affordable units in Phase 3, Pairc Mherlin, Galway.

(f)   Establishment of Audit Committee – Nomination of Members

Deferred

(g)   Part 8 of the Local Government ( Planning & Development)
      Regulations 2000 – Erection of 2 residential units at
      Greenview Heights, Galway.

Cllr. B. Cameron proposed:

“That the proposal to erect two residential units at Greenview Heights,
Galway under Part 8 of the Local Government (Planning & Development)
Regulations 2000 be proceeded with in accordance with Mr. J. O’Neill’s
report dated 11th October 2007 and subject to the conditions set out in
the Planners Report dated 10th October 2007”

This was seconded by Cllr. P. Conneely and agreed unanimously.

(i)   Part 8 of Local Government (Planning & Development)
      Regulations    2000     –     Proposal     to    carry    out
      modifications/alterations to involve Traffic Signals to Lough
      Atalia Road/Fairgreen Road Junction.

Cllr. M.J. Crowe proposed:

“ That the proposal to carry out modifications/alterations to involve Traffic
Signals to Lough Atalia Road/Fairgreen Road Junction Under Part 8 of
Local Government (Planning & Development) Regulations 2000 be
proceeded with in accordance with Mr. C. Hayes report dated 9th October
2007 and subject to the conditions as set out in the Planners Report dated
9th October 2007”.

This was seconded by Cllr. D. McDonnell and agreed unanimously.




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(j)   Part 8 of the Local Government (Planning & Development)
      Regulations    2000     –     Proposal    to    carry     out
      modifications/alterations to include Pedestrian Lights to the
      Barna Road at Barna Road/Ballymoneen Road junction.

Cllr. D. Lyons proposed:

“That the proposal to carry out modifications/alterations to include
Pedestrian Lights to the Barna Road at Barna Road/Ballymoneen Road
junction under Part 8 of the Local Government (Planning & Development)
Regulations 2000 be proceeded with in accordance with Mr. C. Hayes
dated 9th October report and subject to the conditions as set out in the
Planners Report dated 10th October 2007”

This was seconded by Cllr. J. Mulholland and agreed unanimously.

The Elected Council agreed to take the following Item Numbers together
Item 5(k) and Item 3(f):

(k)   Part 8 of the Local Government (Planning Development)
      Regulations 2000 – Construction of Dressing Rooms and
      Clubhouse at Renmore, Galway.

Cllr. B. Walsh proposed:

“That the proposal to construct Dressing Rooms and a Clubhouse at
Renmore under the Local Government (Planning & Development)
Regulations 2000 be proceeded with in accordance with Mr. T. Hernon’s
report dated 8th October 2007 and subject to the conditions as set out in
the Planners Report dated 3rd October, 2007”.

This was seconded by Cllr. D. McDonnell and agreed unanimously.

(f)   Renmore Soccer Club Facilities – Grant Application

Cllr. B. Walsh proposed:

“ That a grant of €160,000 be made available to Renmore A.F.C. towards
the construction of the Clubhouse at Renmore, Galway in accordance with
Mr. T. Connell’s report dated 9th October 2007”.

This was seconded by Cllr. D. McDonnell and agreed unanimously.

(l)   Part 8 of the Local Government (Planning & Development)
      Regulations 2000 – Widening of Outbound Carriageway on
      the Dublin Road at Renmore, Galway.

Cllr. M. Leahy proposed:

“That the proposal to widen the Outbound Carriageway on the Dublin
Road at Renmore under the Part 8 of the Local government (Planning &
development) Regulations 2000 be proceeded with in accordance with Mr.


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C. Hayes report dated 9th October 2007 subject to the conditions as set
out in the Planners Report dated 9th October 2007”.

This was seconded by the Mayor and agreed unanimously.

(m)   Galway City Development Plan 2005-2011 Progress Report
      on Implementation

Mr. T. Connell referred to his report dated in respect of the above as
circulated to Councillors.

Cllr. B. Walsh proposed:

“ That we note the Report”

This was seconded by Cllr. M.J. Crowe.

Cllr. B. Cameron proposed:

“ That the Report be deferred or dealt with”.

This was seconded by Cllr. Catherine Connolly.

Following a brief discussion, it was agreed, at the request of the Mayor, to
defer consideration of this Item.

3.    Considerations of Reports by Officials

(e)   Arts Grants 2007

Mr. J. Harrold, Arts Officer referred to the report of Mr. T. Hernon,
Director of Services dated 15th August, 2007 and to the supplementary
report as circulated at the meeting in respect of the awards of arts grants
of €360,000 for the year 2007. Mr. Harrold explained that the
supplementary report details how the extra €10,000 in funding is spread
out among all the organisations grant aided in the report.

A short discussion ensued regarding the contents of the Arts Grants
Report and Councillors complimented Mr. Harrold for assisting such a
variety of arts groups and community organisations in the city.

Mr. Harrold responded to questions raised by Councillors and outlined his
reasons for the recommendations for the awards of arts grants as outlined
in the report.

Mr. T. Hernon, Director of Services, advised that a one-day
workshop/forum for the arts will be held at the end of November 2007.

Cllr. B. Cameron proposed:

“ That the Arts Grants 2007 as proposed in the report of Mr. T. Hernon
dated 15th August 2007 as amended, be approved”.


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This was seconded by Cllr. Catherine Connolly and agreed unanimously.

5.    Business Prescribed by Statute

(a)   Part 8 of the Local Government ( Planning & Development)
      Regulations 2000 - Erection of 69 Residential Units at
      Ballymoneen Road, Knocknacarra, Galway.

Mr. Joe O’Neill, Director of Services referred to his report dated 11th
October 2007 and his earlier report dated 6th September 2007 in respect
of the above development.

Mr. Joe O’Neill invited Mr. Gerry O’Neill, Architect, McCrossan O’Rourke
Manning Architects, to give a presentation on the architectural design of
the proposed development on Ballymoneen Road. Mr. Gerry O’Neill
proceeded to give a short presentation to the Elected Council on the main
features of the proposed housing scheme at Ballymoneen Road.

Following Mr. Gerry O’Neill’s presentation, Councillors expressed particular
concern regarding the potential overlooking and loss of privacy for the
existing dwellings in the adjoining estate of Maigh Burca, adjacent to
Ballymoneen Road, arising from the construction of units 56 & 57 in the
proposed development.

In response to questions raised by Councillors, Mr. Gerry O’Neill explained
that the inclusion of three storey units in the development was an integral
part of the scheme and had been included to provide visual variety and a
strong road frontage.

Mr. Gerry O’Neill advised that the three storey units in question, No’s 56 &
57, actually comprised of two separate dwellings, one ground floor
apartment and a duplex styled units on the upper two floors, that second
floor windows on the gable facing Maigh Burca have been omitted and
opaque screening provided at first floor terrace to specifically address
concerns of overlooking and privacy.

Mr. Gerry O’Neill answered Councillors queries regarding parking, bin
storage and the provision of play areas in the development.


It was then proposed by Cllr. D. McDonnell, seconded by Cllr. B.
Walsh and agreed to extend the time to deal with this Item and
the Notice of Motions under Standing Order No. 22 Notice for
Dealing with Urgent Business.


Mr. Joe O’Neill, Director of Services confirmed that all of the Maigh Burca
residents concerns regarding the proposed development have been
addressed with the exception of the erection of the three storey units at
No’s 56 & 57. Mr O’Neill explained that the 11-metre reference in the City
Development Plan relates solely to the prevention of overlooking or loss of
privacy. He outlined the measures taken in the design of Units 56 & 57 to


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prevent any overlooking or loss of privacy and added that the
development is fully in compliance with the City Development Plan
requirements in respect of overlooking.

Following further debate, the following motions were tabled at the
meeting:

Cllr. Catherine Connolly proposed:

“To accept the proposal subject to the removal of Unit 56 in so far as it
extends out from the 3 storey”.

This was seconded by Cllr. D. Lyons.

The Mayor called for a vote to be taken on Cllr. Catherine Connolly’s
motion and the result was as follows:

In Favour:   15
Against:     Nil

The Mayor declared the motion carried.

Cllr. Colette Connolly proposed:

“ That this development include a play area, kick about area and formal
garden within the site as per the City Development Plan and that cycle
parking be included also”.

Mr. Liam Blake, Senior Executive Planner explained that it would be
unusual to have all three play options provided in one site and advised
that adequate open space is provided for in the current proposal and
complies with the City Development Plan.

Following further brief discussion, Cllr. Colette Connolly to amend her
motion as follows:

“That in so far as possible this development include a play area, kick
about area and formal garden within the site as per the City Development
Plan and that cycle parking be included also”.

This was seconded by Cllr. B. Cameron.

The Mayor called for a vote to be taken on Cllr. Colette Connolly’s
amended motion and the result was as follows:

In Favour:   15
Against:     Nil

The Mayor declared the motion carried.




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The Elected Council then agreed to consider Notice of Motions under
Standing Order No. 22 Notice for Dealing with Urgent Business for 30
minutes.

139/07 Notice given by Cllr. T. O’Flaherty
       Received 8th August 2007
       Standing Order No. 22 Notice for Dealing with Urgent Business

“That this Council provide a comprehensive report on the situation
regarding the Roundabouts on the eastern approach to the City.
That all consultations that took place with the various companies that had
agreed to fund and maintain the landscaping of the roundabouts be
clarified, and the reason why and when these negotiations ceased.
I would also like an explanation to why absolutely no acknowledgement or
contact was made to the businessperson that had offered to sponsor the
Joyce Roundabout in Bohermore.
What was the full amount of funding for the landscaping and what stage
was this funding approved. To what landscape company was the contract
awarded and the cost of the works involve for each roundabout namely,
the Ffrench, Font, Kirwan, Morris, Lynch and Martin roundabouts”.

In relation to motion 13/07 issued on March 2007 where it stated, “that
the maintenance and landscaping was discussed at a council meeting
during 2005/2006.      At this time there was a proposal that the
roundabouts would be landscaped and maintained by private sponsors
with the sponsors names being displayed on each roundabout”.

That this council provide minutes to substantiate this response”

In response to Cllr. T. O’Flaherty’s request for a report on the above
Notice of Motion, the City Manager confirmed that a response will issue to
this Notice of Motion within the next ten days.

168/07 Notice given by Cllr. Catherine Connolly
       Received 9th October 2007
       Standing Order No. 22 Notice for Dealing with Urgent Business

“That this City Council deplore and condemn the dismantling of the Health
Service by the Health Executive and in particular the ongoing daily
decisions to close down essential units in particular but not exclusively
Unit 4 at Merlin Park Hospital and St Rita’s Ward at UCHG, specialized
units for the treatment of stroke victims over the age of 65, the closure of
Unit 2 for the treatment of patients requiring orthopaedic surgery, the
refusal to accept x-ray requests from GPs in Galway, the refusal and/or
failure to fill vacancies in the Health Executive including the Pathology
Department and the consequent failure to carry out essential analysis of
MRSA swabs except from inpatients, seriological testing for atypical
pneumonia or serological testing for farmers lung or the herpes simplex
virus to name only some of the decisions made and that this Council calls
on the Minister for Health, Mary Harney to immediately reverse these




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decisions and/or to ensure that those decisions still under consideration
are not implemented”.

Cllr. Catherine Connolly referred to the above Notice of Motion and
requested the unanimous endorsement of the City Council to her motion.

Cllr. P. Conneely informed the meeting that he had attended a special
meeting of the Regional Health Forum Hospital Committee on this issue
and advised that the proposed temporary closures of Units 2 & 4 Merlin
Park and St Rita’s at UCHG is now called off as the HSE West has applied
for an exemption from the HSE’s recruitment ban.

Cllr. Catherine Connolly then proposed that her Notice of Motion 168/07
be passed as it stands.

This was seconded by Cllr. Colette Connolly and agreed unanimously.

159/07 Notice given by Cllr. Colette Connolly
      Received 5th October 2007
      Standing Order No. 22 Notice for Dealing with Urgent Business

“That this Council calls on the Government to reverse its decision to close
Unit 4 in Merlin Park University Hospital, which is devoted to in-patient
rehabilitation in particular stroke rehabilitation”.

It was agreed that this Notice of Motion was now deemed to have been
dealt with.

      The Mayor referred to correspondence received from Mr. W. Henry
       as circulated to Councillors regarding the Ecumenical Remembrance
       Service on 3rd November, 2007 and requested that robes be worn.

      Cllr. Colette Connolly proposed:

“That a Special Meeting be held to deal with Notices of Motion on Monday
5th November 2007 at 4 pm”

This was seconded by Cllr. Catherine Connolly and agreed.

3.      Consideration of Reports of Officials:

(a)     Spreading of Sludge from Mutton Island Treatment Plant in
        the County Area

        Deferred.

(b)     Financial Update Report at 31/05/2007.

        Deferred.

(c)     Serveso Directive Land Use Planning in Galway



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      Deferred.

(d)   Land for Cemeteries

      Deferred.

(g)   Galway City Water Supply

      Deferred.

(h)   Water Conservation Awareness Programme

      Deferred.

4.    Consideration of Reports of Mayor

      None.

7.    Conferences

      Deferred.

8.    Questions

      Deferred.

9.    Correspondences

      Deferred.

10.   Any Other Business

      None.

The meeting concluded at 7.50pm.


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