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 MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS OF MONTHLY MEETING
  OF NORTH TIPPERARY COUNTY COUNCIL HELD IN
 THE COUNCIL CHAMBER, CIVIC OFFICES, LIMERICK
 ROAD, NENAGH ON MONDAY 21ST APRIL, 2008 AT 2.00
                     P.M.
Present             Cllr. Jim Casey, Mayor - Presided

                    Cllrs. Dr. Phyll Bugler; John Carroll; Pauline Coonan; Sean Creamer; Ger
                    Darcy; John Egan; Seamus Hanafin; Joe Hennessy; John Hogan; John
                    Kennedy; Willie Kennedy; Micheál Lowry; Michael O’Meara; John Sheehy;
                    Denis Ryan; Mattie Ryan; Jim Ryan; Michael Smith

                    Senator Alan Kelly

Apologies           Cllrs. Tom Berkery and Tom Harrington.


Also Present        Terry Ó Niadh, County Manager; Karl Cashen, Director of Services; Paddy
                    Heffernan, Director of Services; Marcus O’Connor, A/Director of Services;
                    Liam McCarthy, Head of Finance; Kieran Callanan, A/Senior Engineer,
                    Gerard Lynch, Head of IS, Rosemary Joyce, Senior Executive Officer; Brian
                    Beck, Senior Planner, Melanie Scott, Arts Officer, Teresa Kiely, Staff Officer
                    and Mary Quigley, Acting Senior Staff Officer.


                    On the proposal of Cllr. J. Carroll, seconded by Cllr. M. Lowry, it was agreed
                    to adjourn the Meeting for 10 minutes, as a mark of respect to the late
                    President Patrick Hillery.


Votes of Sympathy   A Vote of Sympathy was passed to the following: -

                            •   Mrs. Maeve Hillery & Family on the death of Dr. Patrick Hillery

                            •   Michael Corcoran & Family and Ann McDonnell on the death of
                                Margaret Corcoran.

                            •   Sean & Nancy Darcy on the death on their son Darrell.

                            •   The Lee Family, Dromard on the death of Charlotte Lee.


                        D’aontaigh an Bainisteoir le gach cuid de na vótaí.




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Votes of           Votes of Congratulations and Best Wishes were passed to the following:
Congratulations/
Best Wishes
                          Tipperary Senior Hurling Team on winning the National Hurling
                          League Final.
                           Tipperary Senior Football Team on promotion to Division 3.
                          St. Mary’s Secondary School Junior Camogie Team on winning the
                          All Ireland Final
                          Eddie Barnaville, Thurles on his success in the recent Kickboxing
                          Championships in Galway.
                          Loughmore Drama Group on their production of the Cormack
                          Brothers.
                          North Tipperary Civil Defence volunteers who have recently retired –
                          Brendan Treacy and Joe Freeman.

                   Members also wished every success to Nenagh Vocational School in the All
                   Ireland Schools final on Wednesday and commiserated with Thurles CBS and
                   Borrisokane Community College in their recent defeats.

                   D’aontaigh an Bainisteoir le gach cuid de na vótaí agus go mór mór leis
                   an vóta chuig an Seirbhís Cosaint Shibhialta.

Item 1.1           It was proposed by Cllr. Jim Ryan, seconded by Cllr. D. Ryan and
Adoption of        unanimously agreed that the minutes of the March 2008 Monthly Meeting be
Minutes of         adopted.
Previous Meeting

Item 1.2           Members noted the Action Plan Progress Report, copy of which had been
Action Plan        sent to them via email.
Progress Report

Item 2.1           Mr. P. Heffernan advised that the first meeting of the Audit Committee had
Audit Committee    been held on 2nd April 2008 and they were recommending the Audit
Charter            Committee Charter for adoption.

                   It was proposed by Cllr. J. Hogan, seconded by Cllr. M. Ryan and
                   unanimously agreed that the Audit Committee Charter be adopted.

Item 3.1           Members noted the Report under Part 8 of the Planning & Development
Part 8             Regulations 2001 to 2006 for the proposed development of 1 no.
Report –           dwellinghouse at Merton Hall, Cloughjordan.
Mertonhall
Cloughjordan

Item 3.2           Members noted the Report under Part 8 of the Planning & Development
Part 8 Report –    Regulations 2001 to 2006 for the proposed demolition of existing
Strogue,           dwellinghouse structure and construction of a replacement house at Strogue,
Castleiney         Castleiney.




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Item 3.3              Members noted the Report under Part 8 of the Planning & Development
Part 8 Report –       Regulations 2001 to 2006 for the proposed demolition of existing
Ballybeg, Littleton   dwellinghouse structure and construction of a replacement house at Ballybeg,
                      Littleton.

Item 3.4              Members noted the Report under Part 8 of the Planning & Development
Part 8 Report –       Regulations 2001 to 2006 for the proposed construction of 17 houses and
Shesheraghmore,       associated site works at Shesheraghmore, Borrisokane.
Borrisokane

Item 4.1              Members discussed the Roadworks Programme 2008 and raised a number of
Roadworks             queries which were responded to by Mr. K. Callanan and Mr. M. Shortt. In
Programme 2008        response to a query from Cllr. S. Creamer it was confirmed that the amount
                      provided in respect of the Esker Line was because of the higher specification
                      for the works proposed. There was no question of the contractor denying
                      responsibility for the original failure and the cost of the renewal works.
                      Negotiations are still on-going with the contractor.

                      On the proposal of Cllr. J. Hogan, seconded by Cllr.M. Ryan, it was
                      unanimously agreed to adopt the Roadworks Programme 2008, copy of
                      which was circulated via email.

IDA                   Cllr. J. Casey welcomed Maura Saddington, Area Director West & Mid West
Representatives       Region & Sean Denvir, Area Manager, Midwest Region to the Meeting. He
                      expressed concern at the lack of progress in attracting Foreign Direct
                      Investment to North Tipperary. He outlined what North Tipperary had to
                      offer in terms of Motorways, distance from Dublin and Shannon, good access
                      roads, the Tipperary Institute, the high standard of education at second level
                      in the County, the beautiful scenery, etc. He asked that the IDA should tell
                      the Council what we can do to encourage industry to North Tipperary.

                      Mr. Denvir gave a presentation based on the IDA Strategy outlining the
                      following:

                          •   Government’s National Spatial Strategy (NSS) sets out the
                              framework for development
                          •   We must think and act regionally not locally
                          •   Concentration for FDI is on gateway and hub locations
                          •   Economic benefits radiate outwards across the regions – commuting
                              is the norm in developed economies

                      He stated that FDI represents 7% of employment in Ireland and that North
                      Tipperary is being marketed as part of a dynamic Mid-West region.
                      Members expressed their grave disappointment with the lack of progress on
                      attracting FDI to North Tipperary. Each spoke in turn stating that the IDA
                      had failed North Tipperary. Statistical information was quoted including the
                      following:
                           • Since 2000 900 FDI jobs have been lost in North Tipperary.
                           • The number of companies has reduced from 8 to 4.
                           • There has been no new FDI in North Tipperary in 23 years.
                           • Nationally there are 152,000 FDI jobs – in North Tipperary there are
                               583.

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                          •    Some of the existing FDI jobs in North Tipperary are substantially
                               under threat.
                          •    North Tipperary are second lowest in the country in terms of FDI
                               jobs created in 2007 and fourth lowest in the country in terms of FDI
                               employment.

                      Senator Alan Kelly also spoke. He stated that the figures were startling and
                      very worrying.

                      Mr. T. Ó Niadh welcomed the reasoned way in which members had put
                      forward their views and the anger and frustration that was felt at the fact that
                      there had been no new FDI in North Tipperary for 23 years. The strategy
                      was not working for North Tipperary.

                      Following discussion M Saddington agreed that the IDA would work more
                      closely with the County Council to put together an attractive package of what
                      North Tipperary has to offer together with other local agencies. It was agreed
                      that the Economic Working Group should work with the IDA to try to devise
                      a modified strategy particularly for North Tipperary and that this should be
                      brought back to the Corporate Policy Group in six months.

Item 5.1              Members noted the contents of the Water Services Quarterly Report, copy of
Water Services        which was circulated via email. Queries raised by members were responded
Quarterly Report      to by Mr. M. Shortt.

                      On the proposal of Cllr. J. Ryan, seconded by Cllr. J. Hogan it was agreed to
                      adopt the Proposed Small Schemes Programme 2008.

Item 6.1              Members noted the Planning and Development Register for the month of
Planning &            March 2008.
Development
Register

Item 6.2              Members noted the County Manager’s Report on the implementation of the
Managers Report       objectives contained within the County Development Plan 2004 – 2010, copy
on                    of which was circulated via email.
Implementation of
Objectives
County
Development Plan
2004 – 2010

Item 7.1              In response to a query from Cllr. J. Hogan Ms. M. Scott advised that the
Grant Allocations     allocations were based on applications received following local
under Arts Act        advertisement. Only one application had not received funding and this was
                      because there was a more appropriate scheme which would be available later
                      in the year.

                      It was proposed by Cllr. S. Hanafin, seconded by Cllr. J. Sheehy and agreed
                      to approve allocations for 2008 under the Arts Act as set out below:

Group                                      Art Form                       Allocation 2008
Spleodar Community Arts Festival,          Multi-disciplinary Arts
Nenagh                                     Festival                       €3,600
Feile Brian Boru, Ballina/Killaloe         Festival                       €900


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Roscrea Musical Society                     Music                          €2,880

Nenagh Choral Society                       Music                          €2,880

Tipperary Drama Festival, Holycross         Drama Festival                 €650

Cloughjordan Cineclub                       Film                           €1,200

Phoenix Productions, Thurles                Musical Drama-Youth            €3,200

CBS Concert Band                            Music                          €650

Cloughjordan Festival                       Festival                       €2,400

Glor na nGael, Aonach Urmhumhan             Music                          €500

Rehab Care, Nenagh                          Visual Art Project             €600

Ballinaclough Hall Community Group          Arts workshops                 €250

Nenagh Parent & Toddler Group               Music                          €170

Nenagh Day Care Centre                      Art Workshops                  €300

Tipperary Regional Youth Service, Thurles   Music Workshops                €900
    • Thurles Youth Group
    • Templemore Youth Group
    • Traveller Youth Project

St. Cronans Association Ltd., Nenagh        Art Workshops                  €600

Young Nenagh Project                        Art Workshops                  €900

Irish Wheelchair Association, Roscrea       Art Workshops                  €850

Newport Community & Youth Initiative        Art Workshops                  €1,500

Scoil Ailbhe, Thurles                       Art Workshops                  €300

Ballingarry Women’s Group                   Music                          €250

The Social Circle, Nenagh Peer Support      Art Workshops                  €500
Circle- Nenagh
Failte Club, Thurles                        Art Workshops                  €450

Tuesday Art Group Roscrea                   Art Workshops                  €250

Thurles Action for Community                Film                           €1,400
Development
    • Application for Art Class
    • Application for Video & Multi –
        Media project

Roscrea Community Choir                     Music                          €250

Loughmore Drama Group                       Drama                          €0

Dean Maxwell Community Nursing Unit,        Visual Arts                    €900
Roscrea



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Scoil Mhuire Presentation Primary School,   Art Workshops                 €300
Thurles
St. Ruadhain Active Retirement              Literature                    €1,300
Association, Lorrha
Burgess N.S                                 Music                         €1,000

Barnardos -Littleton Community Arts         Art Workshops                 €1,300
Project


Item 8.1              It was proposed by Cllr. J. Carroll, seconded by Cllr. S. Hanafin and
Draft Annual          unanimously agreed to adopt the Draft Annual Report for 2007.
Report 2007

Item 9.1              Members noted the 2007 Implementation Reports on the Corporate Plan and
Implementation        Customer Action Plan 2005-2009, copy of which had been circulated to
Reports on            them via email.
Corporate Plan &
Customer Action
Plan

Item 9.2              Members noted the 2008 Business Action Plans on the Corporate Plan and
Business Action       Customer Action Plan 2005-2009, copy of which had been circulated to
Plans for             them via email.
Corporate Plan
and Customer
Action Plan 2005
– 2009

Item 10.1             Members noted the report on Service Indicators for 2007, copy of which had
Report on Service     been circulated to them via email.
Indicators for
2007

Item 11.1             Summaries of the following Strategic Policy Committee meetings were
Strategic Policy      noted:
Committees                • Environment & Emergency Services
                          • Roads/Transportation & Water Services

Item 12.1             Summaries of the following Electoral Area Committee meetings were noted:
Area Committees          • Nenagh Electoral Area Committee
                         • Thurles Electoral Area Committee

Item 13.1        It was proposed by Cllr. J. Sheehy, seconded by Cllr. M. Ryan and resolved
Conferences      “That pursuant to Section 142 (5) of the Local Government Act 2001 and
                 having regard to (i) the benefits likely to accrue, (ii) the general interest of
                 this administrative area and of the local community (iii) the estimated cost of
                 the proposed attendance and the provision made for such purposes in the
                 annual estimates, hereby nominate those listed hereunder to attend the
                 following Conference/Seminar”
Seminar/Conference               Dates        Venue                Nominees               Estimate
/Similar event                                                                            d Cost

Another Way to Mental              18th April       Charleville      Cllr. Denis Ryan     €500
Health Recovery                                     Park Hotel,      Cllr. Pauline
                                                    Charleville      Coonan


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Legacy of the Good Friday         3rd April        UCD              Cllr. Tom          €500
Agreement                                                           Harrington
                                                                    Cllr. Mattie
                                                                    Ryan
Developments in the planning      24th April       Killyhevlin      Cllr. John         €500
systems, North and South                           Hotel,           Sheehy
                                                   Enniskillen,
                                                   Co. Fermanagh
Ratoo Heritage Society            2nd – 6th        The Golf         Cllr. Micheál      €500
                                  April            Hotel,           Lowry
                                                   Ballybunion,
                                                   Co. Kerry

Item 13.2
Reports on          Members noted the following Reports on Conferences: -
Conferences
 Conference/Seminar Title          Date Of Conference              Reports Received from:
 LAMA                              28 – 29th March                 Cllr. John Sheehy
 ACCC                              6 – 9th March                   Cllr. Jim Ryan
                                                                   Cllr. John Kennedy
                                                                   Cllr. Mattie Ryan
 AMAI                              15 – 16th February              Cllr. Mattie Ryan
 Your Business, corporate          30th January                    Cllr. Denis Ryan
 Social Responsibility
 Getting Businesses and            27th February                   Cllr. Denis Ryan
 Research organizations to work
 together
 MWRA Annual Conference            7 – 8th February                Cllr. Denis Ryan
 Social Inclusion working group    14th February                   Cllr. Denis Ryan
 Forty Shades of Green             1 – 2nd February                Cllr. Denis Ryan
 Kerry Environmental               2 – 6th April                   Cllr. Jim Ryan
 Recognition


Item 14.1            Cllr. J. Casey indicated that Cllr. W. Kennedy had asked to be allowed to
Mayors Business      raise the subject of the Beara Breffni walk. Cllr. W. Kennedy advised that
                     he had been contacted in relation to this and asked if the Council would
                     make a contribution to this as other local authorities were doing so. Other
                     members supported Cllr. Kennedy and stated that they had also been
                     contacted in this connection.

                     The County Manager advised that the Mayor had raised this with him on a
                     number of occasions. The overall estimated cost was €860,000 and North
                     Tipperary’s share of this would be approximately 25%. This had not been
                     identified as a priority in either the Lough Derg Marketing Strategy, the
                     County Development Plan or the Tourism Strategy. He had advised that
                     the proposer should submit a Cost Benefit Analysis to provide more
                     information on the project and the benefits of same. Following discussion
                     it was agreed that Marcus O’Connor, Acting Director of Services and
                     Attracta Lyons, Community & Enterprise should meet with the proposer.
                     The Mayor requested that he should be allowed to sit in on the meeting
                     however the County Manager advised that this would not be appropriate
                     and could set a precedent.


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Item 15.1              None.
County
Managers/Directors
/Heads of Functions
Business

Item 15.2              The members noted the County Managers/Directors Orders for the month
County                 of March 2008.
Managers/Directors
Orders

Item 16.1              Members noted the Schedule of tenders accepted as follows:
Tenders

Scheme                                   Contractor                      Contract Sum
                                                                         Including VAT
Renovations to two houses at 1 & 2       T & E Plumbing,                 €45,231.90
Pallas Street, Borrisoleigh              Clonakenny, Roscrea.
Remedial Works at Cois Carrig,           DP B Construction Ltd,    €1,945,849.06
Roscrea                                  Knockhill, Roscrea.
Refurbishment Works to House at          Moynetemple Construction €48,646
Coolcroo, Two-Mile-Borris                Ltd., Moynetemple, Moyne,
                                         Thurles.

Item 17.1             It was agreed to defer consideration of Notices of Motion 12,998, 13,000,
Notices of Motion     13,001 and 13,002 to the May Monthly Meeting.


Item 18.1             The following Correspondence was noted by the members, copy of which
Correspondence        had been circulated to them via email:
1.                    Letter from Leitrim County Council outlining motion passed by them
                      calling on the Department of Transport, Irish Rail and the Haulage Industry
                      to enter into discussions with a view to providing a viable and workable
                      Freight Service on all mainline rail lines.

2.                    Letter from OPW in reply to our letter regarding flooding in Templemore
                      and Thurles.

3.                    Letter from Tipperary Libraries Committee inviting submissions for their 5
                      year development plan for 2009 – 2013.

4.                    Letter from Taxi Regulator regarding National Maximum Taxi Fare
                      Revision.

5.                    Letter from South Tipperary County Council outlining resolution adopted by
                      them calling on the Government to introduce change to the way Housing
                      Agencies Respond and Cluid operate .

Irish Farmers         Mr. J. Casey welcomed Mr. Mattie Butler, IFA County Chairman , Mr. Tim
Association           Cullinan and Mr. Tim Cummins to the Meeting.

                      The delegation outlined the serious concerns regarding the proposals of the
                      EU Trade Commissioner, Peter Mandelson.


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                  The impact of the proposals both nationally and locally were outlined. The
                  IFA representatives stated that the livestock industry would be decimated,
                  there would be serious losses in sheep, pigs, poultry and grain sectors. It
                  would result in a loss of €4 billion to the economy and there would be
                  substantial job losses in the agricultural services and manufacturing sectors
                  with the knock-on effect on rural towns and villages. The growth in imports
                  would have serious consequences in terms of lack of traceability and quality
                  standards.

Suspension of     On the proposal of Cllr. M. Ryan, seconded by Cllr. G. Darcy it was agreed
Standing Orders   to suspend Standing Orders to allow the meeting to continue after 5.30 p.m..

                  Members expressed their full support for the IFA and called on the Minister
                  for Agriculture, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, and the Taoiseach to reject
                  the concessions and, if necessary, to use their power of veto to protect the
                  interests of Irish farming, the food industry and employment in the Irish
                  economy.

                  On the proposal of Cllr. J. Hogan seconded by Cllr. M. Ryan it was
                  unanimously agreed to pass the following resolution and to circulate it to all
                  local authorities:

                  “That the position of EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson in the WTO
                  negotiations represents a grave and unacceptable threat to Irish farming, the
                  food industry and employment in the Irish economy.

                  We call on the Minister for Agriculture, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, and
                  the Taoiseach to assert Ireland’s vital national interest at the highest level in
                  Europe by rejecting Mandelson’s concessions and to use their power of Veto
                  should it be necessary”.


Item 19.1         Cllr. J. Hogan advised members that they were all invited to participate in
Any Other         the Pageant to commemorate the Cormack Brothers on 11th May in
Business          Loughmore.

                  This Concluded the Business of the Meeting, a true copy of which we hereby
                  certify.




Signed:     ________________                               Date: _______________
            Cllr. J. Casey
            Mayor

Signed :    ________________                               Date: _______________
            Ms. Rosemary Joyce
            Senior Executive Officer




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