MINUTES OF MEETING OF CULTURAL, EDUCATION, HERITAGE, CORPORATE AFFAIRS AND EMERGENCY SERVICES STRATEGIC POLICY COMMITTE

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MINUTES OF MEETING OF CULTURAL, EDUCATION, HERITAGE, CORPORATE AFFAIRS AND EMERGENCY SERVICES STRATEGIC POLICY COMMITTE

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MINUTES OF MEETING OF
CULTURAL, EDUCATION, HERITAGE, CORPORATE AFFAIRS
AND EMERGENCY SERVICES STRATEGIC POLICY COMMITTEE
held on Wednesday, 6th July, 2016, at 11:15 am
in the I.T. Meeting Room, Regional Training Centre II (First Floor), Castlebar.

Present: Cllr Jarlath Munnelly (Chair)
Cllr Blackie Gavin
Ms Marie Farrell
Mr Tony Deffely
Mr Joe Loftus, Director of Services
Mr Liam Hanrahan, Senior Executive Officer
Mr Austin Vaughan, County Librarian
Mr Seamus Murphy, Chief Fire Officer
Ms Deirdre Cunningham, Heritage Officer
Ms Anne McCarthy, Arts Officer
Ms Martina Walsh, Staff Officer

Apologies: Cllr John Caulfield
Cllr John Cribbin
Cllr Tereasa McGuire
Cllr Thérèse Ruane
Cllr Richard Finn
_____________________Mr Michael McLaughlin__________________________________

Mr J. Loftus introduced and welcomed Mr Liam Hanrahan, new Senior Executive Officer, to Corporate Affairs and the Committee.

To adopt Minutes of Meeting of the Cultural, Education, Heritage, Corporate Affairs and Emergency Services Strategic Policy Committee, held on 29th March, 2016.

Proposed by: Cllr B. Gavin
Seconded by: Ms M. Farrell
Resolved:-
“THAT Minutes of Meeting of the Cultural, Education, Heritage, Corporate Affairs and Emergency Services Strategic Policy Committee, held on 29th March, 2016, be hereby adopted”.

To hear update on publication on the continuation of the history of Mayo County Council during the period 1910-1919.

Following on from Mayo County Council’s Programme of Events to Commemorate the Easter Rising of 1916, including recent events held, such as :-
Exhibition at The Jackie Clarke Library;
Collaborative project relating to Kathleen Lynn in five Mayo arts venues;
Major John MacBride Exhibitions in Westport and Castlebar, Crossmolina and Belmullet;
Mayo 1916 Commemoration Parade, 1st May, 2016, in Castlebar;
1916 Artist in Residence Programme,

Mr A. Vaughan reported that the publication on the continuation of the history of Mayo County Council during the period 1910-1919, will be available for next Meeting of the Committee on 27 September, 2016.

Cllr J. Munnelly acknowledged the great work and planning gone into developing these Commemoration events and the success they have been.

To note MAYO Age Friendly Strategy 2016-2020.

A copy of the MAYO Age Friendly Strategy 2016-2020, which has been approved by the Council, was circulated at the Meeting.

The Committee welcomed and noted this new publication and extended it’s support to it’s implementation. Following discussion, it was suggested that the following points be forwarded to Mayo LCDC, for information regarding future publications:-
Trade Union sector to be represented on future Mayo Age Friendly Alliance; and
Contents page to include Cultural, Education, Heritage, Corporate Affairs and Emergency Services.

To note the resignation of Committee member, Ms Mary Heanue.

It was noted that Ms Mary Heanue has recently resigned her position on the Committee. The Committee acknowledged with appreciation her input and extended Best Wishes to Ms Heanue for the future. It was further noted that the Committee will express it’s appreciation, in writing, to Ms Heanue.

It was further noted that the Committee will submit a request to the Council’s Meeting Administrator, to arrange a replacement for Ms Heanue.

To note Priority Actions for 2016.

Referring to Priority Actions for 2016, as circulated, the following was noted under each Priority Action:-

To provide support to Mayo County Council’s Programme of Events to Commemorate the Easter Rising of 1916, as adopted by Council on 14 September, 2015.
Ms A. McCarthy reported that, in addition to various events held under the Council’s 1916 Programme of Events, an Exhibition - ‘Foggy Dew’, Mick O’Dea, in partnership with the RHA, Ballina Arts Centre and Ballinglen Arts Foundation, will be held in Ballina Arts Centre and Ballinglen on 15 July, 2016.

Also, for the information of the Committee, ‘Silent Moves’, a film by Aideen Barry, Western Care’s Ridgepool Training Centre and Scannán Technologies, hosted by Ballina Arts Centre and made possible through the IGNITE Programme, funded by the Arts Council, ADI & Mayo County Council, has successfully topped the pole in The Irish Times' Modern Ireland in 100 Artworks for the year 2015.

The collective talents of the 30 group members with the lead artists, created this wonderful, moving and hilarious film which celebrates the wonderful acknowledgement of Arts & Disability in Mayo, which Mayo are extremely proud of and a homecoming screening will be held in Ballina Arts Centre on 21 July, 2016.

Ms McCarthy will arrange to provide details of both above events to the Committee.

To consider and review publication on the continuation of the history of Mayo County Council during the period 1910-1919.
As discussed above.

To consider a third publication on the continuation of the history of Mayo County Council for the period 1920-1929.
Deferred to 2017, pending availability of No. 2 above.

Update and adopt a new Heritage Plan.
Ms D. Cunningham reported that she is currently beginning the review of the Heritage Plan and expects to have a draft copy of new Heritage Plan before the Committee in the third/fourth quarter of 2016. Ms Cunningham will have a summary of actions from Heritage Plan 2011-2016 and what has been achieved available for next meeting of the Committee.

Update and adopt a new Strategic Arts Plan.
Ms A. McCarthy reported that she is currently reviewing the current Strategic Arts Plan 2011-2016 and intends to have a first draft of new Strategic Arts Plan prepared by Christmas 2016, and presented to the Committee in January 2017.

Update and adopt a new Library Development Plan.
Mr A. Vaughan reported that he is in the process of preparing a new Library Development Plan 2016-2020, which will include new initiatives, such as:- free membership, all Irish National Library service and open Libraries from 8 am to 10 pm (pilot project to be confirmed).

Continue with the development of Folklore and Oral History Recording.
Following on from Presentation on Folklore in the County delivered at a previous Meeting, Ms Cunningham reported that a necessary first step would be to undertake an audit of Folklore Collections in the County which would cost in the region of €5,000.

Following discussion, it was -

Proposed by: Mr T. Deffely
Seconded by: Ms M. Farrell
Resolved:-
“THAT the Committee recommends that a sum of €6,000 be provided to facilitate an audit of folklore collections in the County”.

In addition, it was suggested that the possibility of :-
a training Programme, in conjunction with Mayo LCDC, be considered to facilitate retired members of the community getting involved with the development of folklore collections in the County; and
Mayo develop itself as a Centre for Proverbs – Mr T. Deffely to submit details to Mr J. Loftus, in this regard.

To consolidate and enhance Mayo’s position as the leading centre for swift conservation in Ireland.
Ms M. Farrell proposed the following actions to the Committee, that:-

All new municipal buildings and/or municipal buildings being renovated should have in-built swift nest boxes as per the Westport Town Hall model. In addition, information boards should be erected at the site as per the Westport Town Hall model, where appropriate;

Nest boxes be installed in existing municipal buildings where practicable e.g. Ballinrobe and Claremorris libraries are located in old churches which have towers;

New buildings or building extensions at properties owned by state bodies in the County e.g. Health Services, Schools, etc., should incorporate in-built nest boxes;

The County Swift Conservation Policy, as currently being drafted by the Heritage Officer and adopted by the County Council, be included on Mayo County Council’s official website and linked to Swift Conservation Mayo’s website http://www.swiftconservation.ie

All the existing swift nest sites be included on the County GIS in a way that makes accessing the information easy for planners.

The Heritage Officer facilitate a training session for county architects, planners, etc., to highlight why swifts need protecting and how their nest sites can be protected, e.g. how sites were protected by working with the architect and builders during recent renovation work on St Mary’s Chapel.

- The Committee invite Lynda Huxley to make a Presentation to the next SPC Meeting about the great work she is doing with Swift Conservation Mayo.


Following discussion, it was agreed that the above proposed actions be incorporated into the Council’s Draft Swift Conservation Policy.

To explore the publication of a graphic narrative on the life of Kathleen Lynn for distribution to all primary school children and to consider allocation of funds for same.
It was noted that a first draft of this publication will be available at next meeting of the Committee on 27 September, 2016.

To advise Council regarding training and development for elected members, including training in the Irish Language.
Mr J. Loftus invited the Committee to consider participating in training in the Irish Language and it was noted that Ms M. Walsh will email details in this regard to the Committee.

To carry out an audit of Heritage Buildings in the County.
It was agreed to place this Item on Agenda of next Meeting of the Committee

To create awareness regarding current global refugee crisis.
Following on from proposal from Cllr T. Ruane at previous Meeting on 29 March, 2016, as adopted by the Committee today, Mr J. Loftus reported that this Item will be placed before the Council for adoption at next Meeting.

It was noted that an Update on the Committee’s Priority Actions with a view to identifying Priority Actions for 2017 would be prepared for next Meeting of the Committee, together with sample copies of SPC Agendas of other Local Authorities for review purposes. Mr J. Loftus invited Committee members to submit new initiatives to him or Ms M. Walsh for inclusion in the Committee’s Priority Actions for 2017.

To note Date of next Meeting - 27th September, 2016.

It was noted that Ms A. McCarthy will make a Presentation at next Meeting of the Committee regarding ‘A Framework for Collaboration’ - an agreement between the Arts Council and the County & City Manager’s Association.

Meeting concluded at 12:30 pm.

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