Voting Record

2016 Votes

June Meeting

Election of Mayor

It was proposed by Councillor C. O’Callaghan, seconded by Councillor P. Mulville:
“That Councillor David Healy be elected Mayor.” It was then proposed by Councillor A. Henchy, seconded by Councillor M. Murray: “That Councillor Darragh Butler be elected Mayor.” It was then proposed by Councillor M. Waine, seconded by Councillor B. Martin: “That Councillor Eugene Coppinger be elected Mayor.”

The Mayor then instructed that a roll call vote be taken and on a division the
voting resulted as follows:
FOR COUNCILLOR DARRAGH BUTLER: 24 (TWENTY FOUR)
FOR COUNCILLOR EUGENE COPPINGER: 5 (FIVE)
FOR COUNCILLOR DAVID HEALY: 9 (NINE)

FOR COUNCILLOR DARRAGH BUTLER: Councillors, Browne, J.P.; Butler,
Darragh; Dennehy, Brian; Dennison Kieran; Devitt, Anne; Farrell,
Ken; Guerin, Jimmy; Henchy, Adrian; Lavin, Anthony; Leddy, Ted; Loftus, Eithne;
Maguire, Grainne; Mahony, Howard; McCamley, Mary; McDonagh, Brian;
McGuinness, David; Murphy, Tony; Murray, Mags; Newman, Joe; O’Brien, Eoghan;
O’Connor, David; Redmond, Keith; Sinnott, Justin; Smith, Duncan.

FOR COUNCILLOR EUGENE COPPINGER: Councillors, Coppinger, Eugene; Doyle,
Tania; Kavanagh, Sandra; Martin, Barry; Waine, Matthew.

FOR COUNCILLOR DAVID HEALY: Councillors, Donnelly, Paul; Healy, David;
Lukusa, Edmond; Lynam, Philip; Mulville, Paul; Ní Laoi, Daire; O’Callaghan, Cian;
Quinn, Malachy; Treacy, Natalie.

The Mayor then DECLARED Councillor Darragh Butler to be elected Mayor.
Councillor Butler then took the chair and was presented with the chain of office
by the outgoing Mayor, Councillor David O’Connor.

Election of Deputy Mayor

The Mayor, Councillor Darragh Butler, then asked for nominations for the post
of Deputy Mayor. It was proposed by Councillor K. Dennison, seconded by Councillor T. Leddy: “That Councillor Eithne Loftus be appointed Deputy Mayor.” It was then proposed by Councillor N. Treacy, seconded by Councillor P. Lynam: “That Councillor Malachy Quinn be elected Deputy Mayor.” It was then proposed by Councillor T. Doyle, seconded by Councillor M. Waine: “That Councillor Sandra Kavanagh be elected Deputy Mayor.” The Mayor then instructed that a roll call vote be taken and on a division the voting resulted as follows:

FOR COUNCILLOR EITHNE LOFTUS: 23 (TWENTY THREE)
FOR COUNCILLOR SANDRA KAVANAGH: 5 (FIVE)
FOR COUNCILLOR MALACHY QUINN: 10 (TEN)

FOR COUNCILLOR EITHNE LOFTUS: Councillors, Browne, J.P.; Butler, Darragh;
Dennehy, Brian; Dennison, Kieran; Devitt, Anne; Farrell, Ken; Guerin, Jimmy;
Henchy, Adrian; Lavin, Anthony; Leddy, Ted; Loftus, Eithne; Maguire, Grainne;
Mahony, Howard: McCamley, Mary; McDonagh, Brian; McGuinness, David;
Murphy, Tony; Murray, Mags; Newman, Joe; O’Brien, Eoghan; O’Connor, David;
Redmond, Keith; Smith, Duncan.

FOR COUNCILLOR SANDRA KAVANAGH: Councillors, Coppinger, Eugene;
Doyle, Tania; Kavanagh, Sandra; Martin, Barry; Waine, Matthew.

FOR COUNCILLOR MALACHY QUINN: Councillors, Donnelly, Paul; Healy, David;
Lukusa, Edmond; Lynam, Philip; Mulville, Paul; Ni Laoi, Daire; O’Callaghan, Cian;
Quinn, Malachy; Sinnott, Justin; Treacy, Natalie.

The Mayor then DECLARED Councillor Eithne Loftus to be elected Deputy Mayor.

April Meeting

Extension of duration of the Naul Local Area Plan

The attached report by the Chief Executive which had been circulated was CONSIDERED, and the passing of the following resolution was RECOMMENDED:

“That the Members having considered the Chief Executive’sReport under Section 19(1)(e)(ii) and having addressed the provisions of Section 19(1)(e)(i), AGREE to the deferral of the required notice under Section 20(3)(a)(i) and to publish a notice under Section 20(3)(a)(ii) for a period not exceeding 5 years and thereby approve the extension of the life of the Naul Local Area Plan 2011 – 2017, for a further period of 5 years from the 11 April 2016   up to 10 April 2021”.

Following a discussion it was proposed by Councillor Anne Devitt, seconded by Councillor Tony Murphy:

“That the date 10th April 2021 be amended to 10th April 2018.”

The Mayor then instructed that a roll call vote be taken and on a division the voting resulted as follows:

COUNCILLORS FOR                            4      FOUR

COUNCILLORS AGAINST                  32      THIRTY TWO

COUNCILLORS FOR:                   Councillors, Murphy, Tony; Devitt, Anne; Brown, J.P.; Leddy, Ted.

COUNCILLORS AGAINST:                     Councillors, Healy, David; Lynam, Philip; Lukusa, Edmond; Donnelly, Paul; Quinn, Malachy; O’Callaghan, Cian; Mulville, Paul; Nolan, Lorna; Kavanagh, Sandra; Sinnott, Justin; O’Gorman, Roderic; O’Connor, David; Newman, Joe; Smith, Duncan; McCamley, Mary; McDonagh, Brian; Lavin, Anthony; McGuinness, David; Maguire, Grainne; Guerin, Jimmy; Dennison, Kieran; Murray, Mags; Butler, Darragh.

Filling of Casual Vacancy in membership of the Audit Committee – vacancy occasioned by the election of Cllr. Jack Chambers to Dáil Éireann.

The Corporate Policy Group recommended Councillor Anne Devitt to fill the vacancy occasioned by the election of Jack Chambers to Dail Eireann.  The Mayor instructed that a roll call vote be taken and on a division the voting resulted as follows:

FOR            19               NINETEEN

AGAINST    16               SIXTEEN

COUNCILLORS FOR:               Councillors, O’Connor, David; Murphy, Tony; Newman, Joe; Smith, Duncan; McCamley, Mary; McDonagh, Brian; Farrell, Ken; Henchy, Adrian; O’Brien, Eoghan; Mahony, Howard; Dennehy, Brian; Lavin, Anthony; Loftus, Eithne; Browne, J.P.; Devitt, Anne; McGuinness, David; Maguire, Grainne; Guerin, Jimmy; Dennison, Kieran.

COUNCILLORS AGAINST:                     Councillors, Healy, David; Lynam, Philip; Lukusa, Edmond; Donnelly, Paul; Quinn, Malachy; O’Callaghan, Cian; Mulville, Paul; Nolan, Lorna; Kavanagh, Sandra; Waine, Matt; Doyle, Tania; Coppinger, Eugene; Martin, Barry; Ni Laoi, Daire; Sinnott, Justin; O’Gorman, Roderic.

The Mayor DECLARED the recommendation of the Corporate Policy Group PASSED, and Councillor Anne Devitt was DECLARED elected to the Audit Committee.

March Meeting

Election of Deputy Mayor – vacancy occasioned by the election of Cllr. Jack Chambers to Dáil Éireann.

The Mayor asked for nominations for election to the post of Deputy Mayor.  It was proposed by Councillor D. Butler, seconded by Councillor M. Murray:

“That Councillor Eoghan O’Brien be elected Deputy Mayor”.

It was then proposed by Councillor P. Mulville, seconded by Councillor M.  Quinn:

”That Councillor Lorna Nolan be elected Deputy Mayor”.

The Mayor then instructed that a roll call vote be taken and on a division the voting resulted as follows:

FOR COUNCILLOR EOGHAN O’BRIEN:               19               NINETEEN

FOR COUNCILLOR LORNA NOLAN:           17               SEVENTEEN

FOR COUNCILLOR O’BRIEN:   Councillors Browne, J.P.; Butler, Darragh; Dennehy, Brian; Devitt, Anne; Farrell, Ken; Guerin, Jimmy;  Henchy, Adrian; Lavin, Anthony; Loftus, Eithne; McCamley, Mary; McDonagh, Brian; Murphy, Tony;  Murray, Mags,  Newman, Joel; O’Brien, Eoghan; O’Connor, David;  Redmond, Keith; Smith, Duncan; Mahony, Howard.

FOR COUNCILLOR NOLAN:           Councillors Coppinger, Eugene; Donnelly, Paul; Doyle, Tania;  Healy, David; Kavanagh, Sandra; Lukusa, Edmond; Lynam, Philip;  Martin, Barry; McGuinness, David; Mulville, Paul, Ní Laoi, Daire; Nolan, Lorna; O’Callaghan, Cian; O’Gorman, Roderic; Quinn, Malachy; Treacy, Natalie; Waine, Matthew.

The Mayor then declared Councillor Eoghan O’Brien to be elected Deputy Mayor.

February Meeting

“That this Council calls on multinational pharmaceutical companies operating in the Fingal area to contribute the full corporation tax rate, in order to invest in essential public services in the area.”

It was noted that there was no report on this item.

Following a prolonged debate on this item and at the request of Councillor Barry Martin the Mayor instructed that a roll call vote be taken. The vote was taken and on a division the voting resulted as follows:

FOR: 11 ELEVEN
ABSTENTIONS: 4 FOUR
AGAINST: 15 FIFTEEN

COUNCILLORS FOR: Councillors, Healy, David; Lukusa, Edmond; Ni Laoi, Daire; Quinn, Malachy; Sinnott, Justin; Mulville, Paul; Kavanagh, Sandra; Waine, Matthew; Doyle, Tania; Coppinger, Eugene; Martin, Barry.

COUNCILLORS ABSTENTIONS: Councillors, McDonagh, Brian; O’Brien, Eoghan; Butler, Darragh; Dennehy, Brian.

COUNCILLORS AGAINST: Councillors, O’Connor, David; Devitt, Anne; Maguire, Grainne; Guerin, Jimmy; Newman, Joe; McCamley, Mary; Farrell, Ken; Murray, Mags; Henchy, Adrian; Redmond, Keith; Dennison, Kieran; Lavin, Anthony; Loftus, Eithne; Leddy, Ted, Browne, J.P.

 

2015 Votes

December Meeting

“That stand alone commercial car parks be levied at the full commercial rate for Development Contributions.”

Following discussion, the Mayor instructed that a roll call vote be taken on this motion, and on a division, the voting resulted as follows:

FOR: 13 THIRTEEN
ABSTENTIONS: 2 TWO
AGAINST: 22 TWENTY TWO

COUNCILLORS FOR: Councillors, O’Gorman, Roderic; Healy, David; Sinnott, Justin; O’Callaghan, Cian; Mulville, Paul; Nolan, Lorna; Kavanagh, Sandra; Waine, Matthew; Doyle, Tania; Coppinger, Eugene; Martin, Barry; Smith, Duncan; McDonagh, Brian.

COUNCILLORS ABSTENTIONS: Councillors, Newman, Joe; McCamley, Mary.

COUNCILLORS AGAINST: Councillors, O’Connor, David; Lynam, Philip; Lukusa, Edmond; Donnelly, Paul; Ni Laoi, Daire; Treacy, Natalie; Quinn, Malachy; Devitt, Anne; Murphy, Tony; Maguire, Grainne; McGuinness, David; Guerin, Jimmy; Murray, Mags; Henchy, Adrian; O’Brien, Eoghan; Butler, Darragh; Dennehy, Brian; Redmond, Keith; Lavin, Anthony; Loftus, Eithne; Leddy, Ted; Browne, J.P.

The Mayor then declared the motion lost.

November Meeting

Councillor E. Coppinger – Housing Emergency: motion in the name of Councillor E. Coppinger was proposed by Councillor E. Coppinger, seconded by Councillor M. Waine.

“This Council calls on the Government to immediately instruct NAMA to make available to Fingal County Council, all properties in its’ possession
that are suitable for social housing and all properties that could be used for emergency accommodation, and calls on the Government to instruct NAMA to cease providing finance to developers to build private homes and instead, use that money for the purposes of building social housing.”

Following a prolonged discussion on this motion, during which issues raised by the Members were responded to by the Chief Executive, at the request of
Councillor E. Coppinger, the Mayor instructed that a roll call vote be taken and on a division, the voting resulted as follows:
FOR: 16 SIXTEEN
ABSTENTIONS: 9 NINE
AGAINST: 11 ELEVEN

COUNCILLORS FOR: Councillors, O’Gorman, Roderic; Healy, David; Lynam, Philip; Lukusa, Edmond; Donnelly, Paul; Ni Laoi, Daire; Treacy,
Natalie; Quinn, Malachy; Guerin, Jimmy; O’Callaghan, Cian; Mulville, Paul; Nolan, Lorna; Waine, Matthew; Doyle, Tania; Coppinger, Eugene; Martin, Barry.
COUNCILLORS ABSTENTIONS: Councillors, O’Connor, David; Murphy, Tony; Maguire, Grainne; Newman, Joe; Sinnott, Justin; Smith, Duncan; McCamley, Mary; Dennehy, Brian; Browne, J.P.
COUNCILLORS AGAINST: Councillors, Devitt, Anne; McDonagh, Brian; Henchy, Adrian; O’Brien, Eoghan; Chambers, Jack; Butler, Darragh; Redmond,
Keith; Dennison, Kieran; Lavin, Anthony; Loftus, Eithne; Leddy, Ted.

The Mayor then declared the motion passed.

September Meeting

Councillor B. Martin – Outsourcing of Debt Management to Private Agencies

Following a prolonged discussion on this item, during which issues raised by the Members, were responded to by Mr. Des Bruton, the Mayor instructed that a roll call vote be taken on this motion, and on a division, the voting resulted as follows:

FOR: 13 THIRTEEN
ABSTENTIONS: 1 ONE
AGAINST: 11 ELEVEN
COUNCILLORS FOR: Councillors, O’Gorman, Roderic; Healy, David; Lynam, Philip;, Lukusa, Edmond; Donnelly, Paul; Ni Laoi, Daire; Treacy, Natalie; Quinn, Malachy; Nolan, Lorna; Kavanagh, Sandra; Waine, Matthew; Doyle,
Tania; Martin, Barry.
COUNCILLORS AGAINST: Councillors, O’Connor, David; Guerin, Jimmy; Newman, Joe; Sinnott, Justin; O’Callaghan, Cian; McCamley, Mary; Farrell, Ken; Henchy, Adrian; Butler, Darragh; Lavin, Anthony; Leddy, Ted.
COUNCILLORS ABSTENTIONS: Councillor, Mulville, Paul.

The Mayor then declared the motion passed.

The following motion, in the name of Councillor E. Lukusa, was proposed by Councillor E. Lukusa, seconded by Councillor P. Lynam:
“That this Council acknowledges that Water Charges are regressive and another unfair tax and call for its complete abolition.”

FOR: 16 SIXTEEN
AGAINST: 5 FIVE
ABSTENTIONS: 3 THREE
COUNCILLORS FOR: Councillors, Lynam, Philip; Lukusa, Edmond; Donnelly, Paul; Ni Laoi, Daire; Treacy, Natalie; Quinn, Malachy; Guerin, Jimmy; Sinnott, Justin; O’Callaghan; Cian, Mulville; Paul, Kavanagh; Sandra, Waine;
Matthew, Doyle; Tania, Martin; Barry, Henchy; Adrian, Butler, Darragh.
COUNCILLORS AGAINST: Councillors, O’Connor, David; McCamley, Mary; Farrell, Ken; Lavin, Anthony; Leddy, Ted.
COUNCILLORS ABSTENTIONS: Councillors, O’Gorman, Roderic; Healy, David; Newman, Joe.

The Mayor then declared the motion passed.

“That this Council abolishes the 6,000 euros paid to the Chairperson (additional payment on top of a Councillor’s salary) for chairing a Strategic Policy Committee.”

It was noted that there was no report on this item. Following a discussion on this item, the Mayor instructed that a roll call vote be taken on this motion, and on a division, the voting resulted as follows:

FOR: 19 NINETEEN
ABSTENTIONS: 2 TWO
AGAINST: 4 FOUR

COUNCILLORS FOR: Councillors, O’Gorman, Roderic; Healy, David; Lynam, Philip; Lukusa, Edmond; Donnelly, Paul; Ni Laoi, Daire; Treacy, Natalie; Quinn, Malachy; Guerin, Jimmy; Newman, Joe; Sinnott, Justin; O’Callaghan, Cian; Mulville, Paul; Nolan, Lorna; Kavanagh, Sandra; Waine, Matthew; Doyle, Tania; Coppinger, Eugene; Martin, Barry.
COUNCILLORS AGAINST: Councillors, O’Connor, David; Farrell, Ken; Henchy; Adrian, Lavin, Anthony.
COUNCILLORS ABSTENTIONS: Councillors, McCamley, Mary; Leddy, Ted.

The Mayor then declared the motion passed.

“That this Council resolves to reduce the Local Property Tax within its functional area by a maximum of 15% of the basic rate.”

The Mayor then instructed that a roll call vote be taken on the motion proposing a 10% reduction of the Local Property Tax. It was noted that if this motion was passed the remaining motions would fall, however if this motion failed a vote would then be taken on the remaining motions as one.

A roll call vote was taken and on a division the vote resulted as follows:
FOR: 10 TEN
ABSTENTIONS: 0 NIL
AGAINST: 26 TWENTY SIX
COUNCILLORS FOR: Councillors, O’Connor, David, O’Gorman, Roderic, Healy, David, Devitt, Anne, Murphy, Tony, Guerin, Jimmy, Sinnott, Justin, Smith, Duncan, McCamley, Mary, McDonagh, Brian.
COUNCILLORS AGAINST: Councillors, Lynam, Philip, Lukusa, Edmond, Donnelly, Paul, Ni Laoi, Daire, Treacy, Natalie, Quinn, Malachy, Maguire, Grainne, McGuinness, David, Newman, Joe, Mulville, Paul, Nolan, Lorna, Kavanagh, Sandra, Waine, Matthew, Doyle, Tania, Coppinger, Eugene, Martin, Barry, Henchy, Adrian, Chambers, Jack, Butler, Darragh, Dennehy, Brian, Dennison, Kieran, Redmond, Keith, Lavin, Anthony, Loftus, Eithne, Leddy, Ted, Browne, J.P. The Mayor then declared the motion lost.

The Mayor then instructed that a roll call vote be taken on the motions advocating a 15% reduction in the Local Property Tax and on a division the voting resulted as follows:
FOR: 28 TWENTY EIGHT
ABSTENTIONS: 5 FIVE
AGAINST: 3 THREE
COUNCILLORS FOR: Councillors, O’Gorman, Roderic, Healy, David, Lynam, Philip, Lukusa, Edmond, Donnelly, Paul, Ni Laoi, Daire, Treacy, Natalie, Quinn, Malachy, Maguire, Grainne, McGuinness, David, Newman, Joe, Mulville, Paul, Nolan, Lorna, Kavanagh, Sandra, Waine, Matthew, Doyle, Tania, Coppinger, Eugene, Martin, Barry, Henchy, Adrian, Chambers, Jack, Butler, Darragh, Dennehy, Brian, Dennison, Kieran, Redmond, Keith, Lavin, Anthony, Loftus, Eithne, Leddy, Ted, Browne, J.P.
COUNCILLORS ABSTENTIONS: Councillors, Sinnott, Justin, Smith, Duncan, McCamley, Mary, McDonagh, Brian, Murphy, Tony.
COUNCILLORS AGAINST: Councillors, Devitt, Anne, Guerin, Jimmy, O’Connor, David.

On the basis of this vote, the following motion which was formally proposed by Councillor Darragh Butler and seconded by Councillor Kieran Dennison was read into the record of the meeting and agreed: “That the County Council determines, in pursuance of the provision of Section 20 of the Finance (Local Property Tax) Amendment Act ( as amended), that the basic rate of Local Property Tax should stand varied downwards by 15% for the year 2016, in respect of relevant residential properties situated in the administrative area of Fingal County Council.”

Councillor M. Quinn – Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) Negotiations The following motion in the name of Councillor M. Quinn, was proposed by Councillor M. Quinn, seconded by Councillor N. Treacy: “This motion calls on the Irish Government to: 117  Protect Irish interests in the ongoing Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations between the EU and the US.  Take all measures to remove Investor-State Dispute Settlements (ISDS) from the agreement.  Take all measures to ensure that the terms of the living agreement cannot breach Irish legislation.  Publish the findings of the Copenhagen Economics study on TTIP’s potential impact on Ireland.  Initiate a public debate on the consequences of TTIP on Ireland.  Take all measures to protect Irish agriculture in TTIP negotiations. This Council also affirms that we will not support any trade agreement that includes Investor-State Dispute mechanisms. This Council recognises with vigilance the construction of a Regulatory Co-operation Council through TTIP and affirms the position that this body’s authority and remit should allow only for recommendation. Implementation of recommendations should be administered by those elected by and accountable to the citizens of Europe. This Council does not support any trade mechanism that allows Irish law to be superseded for corporate interest”. It was noted that there was no report on this item. At this point it was also noted that Item No 46, Motion in the name of Councillor K. Dennison dealt with broadly the same issue and it was agreed that both should form part of the one debate. The following motion in the name of Councillor K. Dennison, was proposed by Councillor K. Dennison, seconded by Councillor A. Lavin: “That this Council supports the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations so as to create new opportunities for SMEs, given that trade barriers tend to disproportionately burden smaller firms.”

It was noted that there was no report on this item. Following a discussion on these items the Mayor instructed that a roll call vote be taken on each with Item No 32 to be voted on first.
A roll call vote was taken on Item No 32 and on a division the voting resulted as follows:
FOR: 26 TWENTY SIX
ABSTENTIONS: 4 FOUR
AGAINST: 4 FOUR
COUNCILLORS FOR: Councillors, O’Gorman, Roderic, Healy, David, Lynam, Philip, Lukusa, Edmond, Donnelly, Paul, Ni Laoi, Daire, Treacy, Natalie, Quinn, Malachy, Murphy, Tony, Maguire, Grainne, McGuinness, David, Newman, Joe, Sinnott, Justin, Mulville, Paul, Kavanagh, Sandra, Waine, Matthew, Doyle, Tania, Coppinger, Eugene, Martin, Barry, Smith, Duncan, McDonagh, Brian, Henchy, Adrian, Butler, Darragh, Dennehy, Brian, Redmond, Keith, Leddy, Ted. 118 COUNCILLORS AGAINST: Councillors, Devitt, Anne, Dennison, Kieran, Lavin, Anthony, Loftus, Eithne.
COUNCILLORS ABSTENTIONS: Councillors, O’Connor, David, Guerin, Jimmy, McCamley, Mary, Browne, J.P.

The Mayor then declared the motion carried.

The Mayor then instructed that a roll call vote be taken on Item No. 46 and on a division the voting resulted as follows:
FOR: 6 SIX
ABSTENTIONS: 10 TEN
AGAINST: 18 EIGHTEEN
COUNCILLORS FOR: Councillors, Devitt, Anne, Dennison, Kieran, Redmond, Keith, Lavin, Anthony, Loftus, Eithne, Leddy, Ted.
COUNCILLORS ABSTENTIONS: Councillors, O’Connor, David, Murphy, Tony, McGuinness, David, Guerin, Jimmy, McCamley, Mary, McDonagh, Brian, Henchy, Adrian, Butler, Darragh, Dennehy, Brian, Browne, J.P.
COUNCILLORS AGAINST: Councillors, O’Gorman, Roderic, Healy, David, Lynam, Philip, Lukusa, Edmond, Donnelly, Paul, Ni Laoi, Daire, Treacy, Natalie,
Quinn, Malachy, Maguire, Grainne, Newman, Joe, Sinnott, Justin, Mulville, Paul, Kavanagh, Sandra, Waine, Matthew, Doyle, Tania, Coppinger, Eugene, Martin,
Barry, Smith, Duncan.

The Mayor then declared this motion lost.

Request for Additional Council Meeting.
Several Councillors expressed concern that due to the amount of business on the agenda, motions were not being reached and accordingly were carried forward for a number of months. The Mayor advised the meeting that if it was the wish of the Members, an additional meeting could be held on 30th September 2015 to clear items not reached on the current agenda. 119 Since there was no clear agreement on this proposal the Mayor instructed that a roll call vote be taken to decide if indeed an additional meeting should be held on 30th September 2015. The vote was taken and on a division the voting resulted as follows:
FOR: 17 SEVENTEEN
AGAINST: 16
SIXTEEN COUNCILLORS FOR: Councillors, O’Connor, David, O’Gorman, Roderic, Healy, David, Lynam, Philip, Lukusa, Edmond, Donnelly, Paul, Ni Laoi, Daire, Treacy, Natalie, Quinn, Malachy, Guerin, Jimmy, Mulville, Paul, Kavanagh, Sandra, Waine, Matthew, Doyle, Tania, Coppinger, Eugene, Martin, Barry, Smith, Duncan.
COUNCILLORS AGAINST: Councillors, Murphy, Tony, Maguire, Grainne, McGuinness, David, Newman, Joe, Sinnott, Justin, McCamley, Mary, McDonagh, Brian, Henchy, Adrian, Butler, Darragh, Dennehy, Brian, Dennison, Kieran, Redmond, Keith, Lavin, Anthony, Loftus, Eithne, Leddy, Ted, Browne, J.P. The Mayor then declared the proposal to hold an additional meeting agreed.

June AGM

Election of Mayor

The Mayor than asked for nominations for election to the post of Mayor.
It was proposed by Councillor M. Waine, seconded by Councillor S. Kavanagh: “That Councillor Eugene Coppinger be elected Mayor.
It was then proposed by Councillor M. Quinn, seconded by Councillor E. Lukusa: “”That Councillor Paul Donnelly be elected Mayor.”
It was then proposed by Councillor K. Farrell, seconded by Councillor A. Devitt: “That Councillor David O’Connor be elected Mayor.”

The Mayor then instructed that a roll call vote be taken and on a division the voting resulted as follows:
FOR COUNCILLOR EUGENE COPPINGER: 4 FOUR
FOR COUNCILLOR PAUL DONNELLY: 6 SIX
FOR COUNCILLOR DAVID O’CONNOR: 26 TWENTY SIX
ABSTENTIONS: 2 TWO

FOR COUNCILLOR COPPINGER: Councillors, Coppinger, Eugene, Kavanagh, Sandra, Martin, Barry, Waine, Matthew.
FOR COUNCILLOR DONNELLY: Councillors, Donnelly, Paul, Lukusa, Edmond, Ni Laoi, Daire, Nolan, Lorna, Quinn, Malachy,Treacy, Natalie.
FOR COUNCILLOR DAVID O’CONNOR: Councillors, Browne, J.P., Butler, Darragh, Chambers, Jack, Dennehy, Brian, Dennison, Kieran, Devitt, Anne, Farrell, Ken, Guerin, Jimmy, Henchy, Adrian, Lavin, Anthony, Leddy, Ted, Loftus, Eithne, Maguire, Grainne, McCamley, Mary, McDonagh, Brian, McGuinness, David, Mulville, Paul, Murphy, Tony, Murray, Mags, Newman, Joe, O’Brien, Eoghan, O’Callaghan, Cian, O’Connor, David, Redmond, Keith, Sinnott, Justin, Smith, Duncan.
COUNCILLORS ABSTENTIONS: Councillors, Healy, David, O’Gorman, Roderic.

The Mayor then declared Councillor David O’Connor to be elected Mayor.

 

The Mayor, Councillor David O’Connor, then asked for nominations for the post of Deputy Mayor.
It was proposed by Councillor M. Murray, seconded by E. O’Brien: “That Councillor Jack Chambers be appointed Deputy Mayor.”
It was then proposed by Councillor P. Mulville, seconded by Councillor J. Sinnott: “That Councillor Lorna Nolan be elected Deputy Mayor.2

The Mayor then instructed that a roll call vote be taken and on a division the voting resulted as follows:
FOR COUNCILLOR JACK CHAMBERS: 21 TWENTY ONE
FOR COUNCILLOR LORNA NOLAN: 17 SEVENTEEN
FOR COUNCILLOR CHAMBERS: Councillors, Browne, J.P., Butler, Darragh, Chambers, Jack, Dennehy, Brian, Dennison, Kieran, Devitt, Anne, Farrell, Ken,
Henchy, Adrian, Lavin, Anthony, Leddy, Ted, Loftus, Eithne, Maguire, Grainne, McCamley, Mary, McDonagh, Brian, Murphy, Tony, Murray, Mags, Newman, Joe, O’Brien, Eoghan, O’Connor, David, Redmond, Keith, Smith, Duncan.
FOR COUNCILLOR NOLAN: Councillors, Coppinger, Eugene, Donnelly, Paul, Guerin, Jimmy, Healy, David, Kavanagh, Sandra, Lukusa, Edmond, Martin,
Barry, McGuinness, David, Mulville, Paul, Ni Laoi, Daire, Nolan, Lorna, O’Callaghan, Cian, O’Gorman, Roderic, Quinn, Malachy, Sinnott, Justin, Treacy, Natalie, Waine, Matthew.

The Mayor then declared Councillor Jack Chambers to be elected Deputy Mayor.

 

June Council Meeting

The motion in the name of Councillor Lorna Nolan was proposed by Councillor L. Nolan, seconded by Councillor M. Waine.

“That this Council calls on the Department of Social Protection to immediately revise upwards the rent caps for rent supplement in the Fingal area and that the limits for the impending Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) be revised upwards to reflect soaring rent costs in Fingal and ensure that local households are supported to secure housing within the Fingal area while they are waiting for their long-term housing needs to be addressed.”

 

Following a discussion on this item, during which several Members spoke in favour of the motion, the Mayor instructed that a roll call vote be taken and on a division the voting resulted as follows:
FOR: 30 THIRTY
AGAINST: 2 TWO
ABSTENTIONS: 6 SIX
COUNCILLORS FOR: Councillors, Browne, J.P., Butler, Darragh, Chambers, Jack, Coppinger, Eugene, Dennehy, Brian, Donnelly, Paul, Farrell, Ken, Guerin, Jimmy, Healy, David, Henchy, Adrian, Kavanagh, Sandra, Lukusa, Edmond, Lynam, Philip, Maguire, Grainne, Martin, Barry, McGuinness, David, Mulville, Paul, Murphy, Tony, Murray, Mags, Newman, Joe, Ni Laoi, Daire, Nolan, Lorna, O’Brien, Eoghan, O’Callaghan, Cian, O’Connor, David, O’Gorman, Roderic, Quinn, Malachy, Sinnott, Justin, Treacy, Natalie, Waine, Matthew. COUNCILLORS AGAINST: Councillors, Dennison, Kieran, Redmond, Keith. COUNCILLORS ABSTENTIONS: Councillors, Devitt, Anne, Lavin, Anthony, Leddy, Ted, Loftus, Eithne, McCamley, Mary, McDonagh, Brian.

The Mayor then declared the motion passed

 

 

The motion in the name of Councillor B. Martin was proposed by Councillor B. Martin, seconded by Councillor M. Waine.

“That this Council, being the Council that has the largest number of Gateway workers nationally (191, April 2015), calls on the Government to abandon the Gateway scheme, and instead introduce jobs programmes focused on meaningful training and work opportunities on the basis of equal pay for equal work. This Council notes the impact of staff cutbacks in recent years and the continued pressure on Council services. That the Gateway scheme has functioned as a mechanism to get around the public sector recruitment moratorium and undermine wages. This Council having the youngest population in the country recognises that the Gateway scheme and in turn the overall Youth Guarantee programme including Jobbridge, needs to be replaced to allow a serious jobs programme. By agreeing this motion this Council recognises the dignity of all its workers, those on Gateway and those on full-time contracts.”

 

There then followed a prolonged discussion on this item during which issues raised were responded to by the Chief Executive. In the course of this discussion Councillor Barry Martin referred to the Gateway scheme as a ‘scam’ and both the Mayor and the Chief Executive requested that this reference be withdrawn. The reference was not withdrawn. The Mayor then instructed that a roll call vote be taken on this motion, and on a division the voting resulted as follows:

IN FAVOUR OF THE MOTION: 16 SIXTEEN
AGAINST THE MOTION: 22 TWENTY TWO
COUNCILLORS FOR: Councillors, Coppinger, Eugene, Donnelly, Paul, Healy, David, Kavanagh, Sandra, Lukusa, Edmond, Lynam, Philip, Martin, Barry, McGuinness, David, Mulville, Paul, Ni Laoi, Daire, Nolan, Lorna, O’Callaghan, Cian, O’Gorman, Roderic, Quinn, Malachy, Treacy, Natalie, Waine, Matthew. COUNCILLORS AGAINST: Councillors, Browne, J.P., Butler, Darragh, Chambers, Jack, Dennehy, Brian, Dennison, Kieran, Devitt, Anne, Farrell, Ken, Guerin, Jimmy, Henchy, Adrian, Lavin, Anthony, Leddy, Ted, Loftus, Eithne, Maguire, Grainne, McCamley, Mary, McDonagh, Brian, Murphy, Tony, Murray, Mags, Newman, Joe, O’Brien, Eoghan, O’Connor, David, Redmond, Keith, Sinnott, Justin.

The Mayor then declared the motion lost.

Emergency Motion in the names of Councillors, Malachy Quinn, Natalie Treacy, Edmond Lukusa, Paul Donnelly, Philip, Lynam and Daire Ni Laoi:
“This Council calls on the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection to abandon the plan to phase out Loan Parent Payments once children reach 7 years of age. Some 11, 000 Loan Parent families have already been affected by these gradual reductions. Further reductions will impact on 32, 000 Loan Parent families in July this year, pushing families further into poverty. It is noted that the Tánaiste had previously made commitments that there would be affordable and accessible childcare before the reductions of payments, and that to date Ireland was one of the highest childcare costs in the OECD meaning more families were being pushed into poverty. And also that this Council further commits to writing to the Minister on this issue and circulating this letter to all other Local Authorities in the State for their consideration.”
The Mayor then instructed that a roll call vote be taken to decide if this motion should be tabled and on a division the voting resulted as follows:
IN FAVOUR OF THE MOTION BEING TABLED: 24 TWENTY FOUR
AGAINST: 10 TEN
ABSTENTIONS: 1 ONE
COUNCILLORS FOR: Councillors, Butler, Darragh, Chambers, Jack, Dennehy, Brian, Donnelly, Paul, Guerin, Jimmy, Healy, David, Henchy, Adrian, Kavanagh, Sandra, Lukusa, Edmond, Lynam, Philip, Martin, Barry, McCamley, Mary, Mulville, Paul, Murray, Mags, Newman, Joe, Ni Laoi, Daire, Nolan, Lorna, O’Brien, Eoghan, O’Callaghan, Cian, O’Gorman, Roderic, Quinn, Malachy, Sinnott, Justin, Treacy, Natalie, Waine, Matthew. COUNCILLORS AGAINST: Councillors, Browne, J.P., Dennison, Kieran, Devitt, Anne, Lavin, Anthony, Leddy, Ted, Loftus, Eithne, Maguire, Grainne, Murphy, Tony, O’Connor, David, Redmond, Keith. COUNCILLORS ABSTENTIONS: Councillor McDonagh, Brian.

The Mayor then confirmed the approval of the Council to table the motion

 

May Council Meeting

The following motion in the name of Councillor P. Lynam was proposed by Councillor
P. Lynam, seconded by Councillor M. Quinn:

“That this Council recognising the financial circumstances of many families in Fingal and throughout the state who are struggling to get by week to week agree to call on the government to reverse the decision to charge people for water, abolish Irish Water and instead use monies allocated for future investment by Irish water to fix leaking pipes instead and not further burden families who cannot take anymore.” 

It was noted that there was no report on this item. There then followed a prolonged discussion on this item, following which the Mayor instructed that a roll call vote be taken on this motion. The vote was taken and on a division, the voting resulted as follows:
FOR: 22 TWENTY TWO
AGAINST: 13 THIRTEEN
ABSTENTIONS: 0 NIL
COUNCILLORS FOR: Councillors , Lynam, Philip, Lukusa, Edmond, Donnelly, Paul, Ni Laoi, Daire, Treacy, Natalie, Quinn, Malachy, Murphy, Tony, Maguire, Grainne, Guerin, Jimmy, Newman, Joe, Sinnott, Justin, O’Callaghan, Cian, Mulville, Paul, Nolan, Lorna, Kavanagh, Sandra, Coppinger, Eugene, Waine, Matthew, Martin, Barry, Henchy, Adrian, O’Brien, Eoghan, Butler, Darragh, Dennehy, Brian.
COUNCILLORS AGAINST: Councillors, Murray, Mags, O’Gorman, Roderic, Healy, David, Devitt, Anne, Smith, Duncan, McCamley, Mary, McDonagh, Brian, Dennison, Kieran, Redmond, Keith, Lavin, Anthony, Loftus, Eithne, Leddy, Ted, Browne, J.P.

The Mayor then declared the motion passed.

Emergency Motion

“That this Council calls on its citizens to vote yes in the Civil Marriage Equality Referendum on May the 22nd. Fingal County Council believes that constitutional rights should apply equally to all its citizens. This Council urges all its citizens particularly young people to get out and vote on May the 22nd.”

FOR: 28 TWENTY EIGHT
AGAINST: 0 NIL
ABSTENTIONS: 0 NIL
COUNCILLORS FOR: Councillors, O’Gorman, Roderic, Healy, David, Lynam, Philip, Lukusa, Edmond, Donnelly, Paul, Ni Laoi, Daire, Treacy, Natalie, Quinn, Malachy, Maguire, Grainne, Guerin, Jimmy, Sinnott, Justin, O’Callaghan, Cian, Mulville, Paul, Nolan, Lorna, Kavanagh, Sandra, Coppinger, Eugene, Waine, Matthew, Martin, Barry, Smith, Duncan, McCamley, Mary, McDonagh, Brian, Henchy, Adrian, O’Brien, Eoghan, Dennison, Kieran, Redmond, Keith, Lavin, Anthony, Leddy, Ted, Browne, J.P.

The Mayor then declared the original motion carried.

March Council Meeting

No divisions called.

February Council Meeting

(i) Councillor K. Redmond – LPT Revaluation – That this Council calls on the Chief Executive to write to the Minister of the Environment to ask him to
remove the 15% limit on Local Property Tax reductions on the basis that it is expected that the valuation on property prices mandated to occur in 2016 is expected to reveal that valuations have increased far above 15% and as a result local councillors will be powerless to prevent what may be an unnecessary
imposition of higher LPT rates. This motion also calls on the Chief Executive to write to all county and city councils in Ireland to inform them of this potential issue for their consideration.”

IN FAVOUR OF THE MOTION: 30 THIRTY AGAINST THE MOTION: 6 SIX ABSTENTIONS: 0 NIL
COUNCILLORS IN FAVOUR: Councillors, Murray, Mags, O’Gorman, Roderic, Healy, David, Lynam, Philip, Lukusa, Edmond, Donnelly, Paul, Ni Laoi, Daire, Treacy, Natalie, Quinn, Malachy, Devitt, Anne, Murphy, Tony, O’Connor, David, Guerin, Jimmy, Coppinger, Eugene, Waine, Matthew, Kavanagh, Sandra, Mulville, Paul, O’Callaghan, Cian, Nolan, Lorna, Martin, Barry, Henchy, Adrian, O’Brien, Eoghan, Butler, Darragh, Dennehy, Brian, Dennison, Kieran, Redmond, Keith, Lavin, Anthony, Loftus, Eithne, Leddy, Ted, Browne, J.P..
COUNCILLORS AGAINST: Councillors, Newman, Joe, Sinnott, Justin, Smith, Duncan, McCamley, Mary, McDonagh, Brian, Farrell, Ken.

(ii) Councillor J. Guerin – Irish Water Workers – The motion condemned threats and intimidation against Irish Water Workers.

IN FAVOUR OF THE MOTION: 29 TWENTY-NINE AGAINST THE MOTION: 6 SIX ABSTENTIONS: 0 NIL
COUNCILLORS IN FAVOUR: Councillors, Murray, Mags, O’Gorman, Roderic, Healy, David, Lynam, Philip, Lukusa, Edmond, Donnelly, Paul, Ni Laoi, Daire, Treacy, Natalie, Devitt, Anne, Murphy, Tony, O’Connor, David, Guerin, Jimmy, Newman, Joe, Sinnott, Justin, Smith, Duncan, McCamley, Mary, McDonagh, Brian, Henchy, Adrian, McGuinness, David, O’Brien, Eoghan, Chambers, Jack, Butler, Darragh, Dennehy, Brian, Dennison, Kieran, Redmond, Keith, Lavin, Anthony, Loftus, Eithne, Leddy, Ted, Browne, J.P..
COUNCILLORS AGAINST: Councillors, Coppinger, Eugene, Waine, Matthew, Kavanagh, Sandra, Mulville, Paul, O’Callaghan, Cian, Martin, Barry.

January Council Meeting

(i) Publication of Declarations made by Elected Members under Part 15 of the Local Government Act 2001 Mr. Peppard advised the members that Section 172 of the Local Government Act 2001 provides that the Ethics Registrar is obliged to keep a public register containing the Annual Declarations made by Members under Part 15 of the Local Government Act 2001. He also advised that as these are the declarations of the Elected Members it is now a matter for the said Members to decide if they should be published on the Internet for ease of access. There then followed a prolonged discussion during which some Members requested that this matter be deferred to the January meeting of the Council. The Mayor then instructed that a vote be taken to decide if the matter should be deferred and on a division the voting resulted as follows:

IN FAVOUR OF PUBLICATION: 24 TWENTY FOUR AGAINST PUBLICATION: 14 FOURTEEN

COUNCILLORS FOR: Councillors, Coppinger, Eugene, Donnelly, Paul, Farrell, Ken, Guerin, Jimmy, Healy, David, Kavanagh, Sandra, Lukusa, Edmond, Lynam, Philip, Maguire, Grainne, Martin, Barry, McCamley, Mary, McDonagh, Brian, Mulville, Paul, Murphy, Tony, Ni Laoi, Daire, Nolan, Lorna, O’Callaghan, Cian, O’Connor, David, O’Gorman, Roderic, Quinn, Malachy, Sinnott, Justin, Smith, Duncan, Treacy, Natalie, Waine, Matthew.
COUNCILLORS AGAINST: Councillors, Browne, J.P., Butler, Darragh, Chambers, Jack, Dennehy, Brian, Dennison, Kieran, Henchy, Adrian, Lavin, Anthony, Leddy, Ted, Loftus, Eithne, McGuinness, David, Murray, Mags, Newman, Joe, O’Brien, Eoghan, Redmond, Keith.

(ii) Proposed construction of 10 dwellings at Ringfort, Darcystown, Balrothery pursuant to Part XI of the Local Government (Planning and Development) Act 2000

IN FAVOUR OF THE PROPOSAL: 33 THIRTY THREE AGAINST THE PROPOSAL: 5 FIVE
COUNCILLORS IN FAVOUR: Councillors, Butler, Darragh, Chambers, Jack, Coppinger, Eugene, Dennehy, Brian, Dennison, Kieran, Donnelly, Paul, Farrell, Ken, Guerin, Jimmy, Healy, David, Henchy, Adrian, Kavanagh, Sandra, Lavin, Anthony, Leddy, Ted, Lukusa, Edmond, Lynam, Philip, McCamley, Mary, McDonagh, Brian, McGuinness, David, Mulville, Paul, Murray, Mags, Newman, Joe, Ni Laoi, Daire, Nolan, Lorna, O’Brien, Eoghan, O’Callaghan, Cian, O’Connor, David, O’Gorman, Roderic, Quinn, Malachy, Redmond, Keith, Sinnott, Justin, Smith, Duncan, Treacy, Natalie, Waine, Matthew.

COUNCILLORS AGAINST: Councillors, Browne, J.P., Loftus, Eithne, Maguire, Grainne, Martin, Barry, Murphy, Tony.

 

2014 Votes

December Council Meeting

(i) Update on borrowing requirement for Waste to Energy Facility at Poolbeg.

The Chief Executive summarised this report for the meeting and together with Mr. Des Bruton responded to issues raised by the Members in relation to same. In the course of the discussion on this item, Councillor Cian O’Callaghan requested that a vote be taken to decide if the Chief Executive’s report be accepted. A vote was taken and on a division the voting resulted as follows:
TO ACCEPT THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE’S REPORT: 21 TWENTY-ONE
TO REJECT THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE’S REPORT: 16 SIXTEEN

I voted to reject the report.

(ii) Strategic Infrastructure Development – National Forensic Mental Health Service (NFMHS) Hospital on lands at St. Ita’s Hospital, Portrane.

I voted in Favour.

(iii) Review of speed limit bye laws on regional and local roads in Fingal.

I voted against reducing the speed limit at Pinnock Hill to 50 kph.

November Budget Meeting

Voted in SUPPORT of the 2015 budget.

September Council Meeting

(1) “That this Council supports the decision to proceed with the Waste to Energy Project for Dublin.”

The Mayor then instructed that a roll call vote be taken on this motion and on a division, the voting resulted as follows:

FOR:                         NINETEEN               19

AGAINST:                 SIXTEEN                  16

ABSTENTIONS:     THREE                        3

COUNCILLORS FOR:        Councillors, Browne, J.P., Dennehy, Brian, Dennison, Kieran, Devitt, Anne, Farrell, Ken, Guerin, Jimmy, Henchy, Adrian, Lavin, Anthony, Leddy, Ted, Loftus, Eithne, Maguire, Grainne, McCamley, Mary, McDonagh, Brian, Murphy, Tony, Murray, Mags, O’Brien, Eoghan, O’Connor, David, Redmond, Keith, Smith, Duncan.

COUNCILLORS AGAINST:          Councillors, Coppinger, Eugene, Donnelly, Paul, Healy, David, Hughes, Annette, Kavanagh, Sandra, Lukusa, Edmond, Lynam, Philip, Martin, Barry, McGuinness, David, Mulville, Paul, Newman, Joe, Ni Laoi, Daire, O’Gorman, Roderic, Quinn, Malachy, Treacy, Natalie, Waine, Matthew.

COUNCILLORS ABSTENTIONS:           Councillor, Chambers, Jack, Nolan, Lorna, Sinnott, Justin.

(2) Request for Suspension of Standing Orders-Emergency Motion-Industrial Action by Greyhound Workers.

The Mayor advised that the following emergency motion in the names of Councillors, Philip Lynam, Edmond Lukusa, Daire Ni Laoi, Natalie Treacy, Paul Donnelly, Barry Martin, Ken Farrell, Brian Dennehy, Mary McCamley, Lorna Nolan, Paul Mulville and Malachy Quinn was to hand:

“That this Council deplores the threat of imprisonment over the Greyhound workers who have been locked out and are engaged in industrial action with the company.”

The Mayor then advised that it was a matter for the Council to decide if this motion should be taken.  Mr. Stephen Peppard advised that a majority of two thirds of Members present was required that Standing Orders be suspended and the motion taken.

The Mayor then instructed that a roll call vote be taken, to decide if the motion should be considered, and on a division the voting resulted as follows:

FOR:                          30        THIRTY

AGAINST:                   5        FIVE

ABSTENTIONS:        2       TWO

COUNCILLORS FOR:        Councillors, Browne, J.P., Chambers, Jack, Coppinger, Eugene, Dennehy, Brian, Donnelly, Paul, Healy, David, Henchy, Adrian, Hughes, Annette, Kavanagh, Sandra, Lavin, Anthony, Leddy, Ted, Lukusa, Edmond, Lynam, Philip, Maguire, Grainne, Martin, Barry, McCamley, Mary, McDonagh, Brian, McGuinness, David, Mulville, Paul, Murray, Mags, Newman, Joe, Ni Laoi, Daire, Nolan, Lorna, O’Brien, Eoghan, O’Gorman, Roderic, Quinn, Malachy, Sinnott, Justin, Smith, Duncan, Treacy, Natalie, Waine, Matthew.

COUNCILLORS AGAINS T:         Councillors, Dennison, Kieran, Devitt, Anne, Guerin, Jimmy, Murphy, Tony, Redmond, Keith.

COUNCILLORS ABSTENTIONS:           Councillors, Farrell, Ken, Loftus, Eithne.

 

September Council Meeting on Property Tax

Voted to cut property tax by 15%

 

July Council Meeting:

Motions:

Councillors Butler, Chambers, Dennehy, Henchy, McGuinness, Murray and O Brien – Local Property Tax

“In accordance with Section 20 of the Finance (Local Property Tax) Act 2012, we the elected members of Fingal County Council formally resolve to vary the basic rate of Local Property Tax in respect of residential properties situated in Fingal County Council’s administrative area. We propose a local adjustment factor (LAF) of -15% for the year 2015. We call on the Chief Executive and the Minister for Environment to put in place all necessary arrangements which will allow this Council to notify the Revenue Commissioners of our intentions prior to the September 2014 deadline.”

Councillor P Donnelly – Reduction in property tax

“That this Council notes that the Local Property Tax is little more than another austerity tax which will push many struggling families over the edge; That this tax does not pay for extra local services or amenities and rather is an extra tax on people who own a home; That each local authority has the power to vary the Property Tax by 15%.Calls on Fingal County Council• to use its powers under current legislation to reduce the Local Property Tax by 15%”.

Councillor B McDonagh – Finance (Local Property Tax) Bill 2012

“In compliance with Section 20 and 21 of the Finance (Local Property Tax) Bill 2012 it is proposed that this Council initiate a procedure to:
a) Discuss and set a Local Adjustment Factor target for 2015 to reduce the Property Tax by up to 15%
b) Initiate a follow-up 30 Day public consultation process in July
c) Pass the final Resolution on the Local Adjustment Factor at the September County Council meeting
d) Notify the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government in writing that it has passed the Resolution (as per Section 20 (Subsection 4))
e) Notify the Revenue Commissioners on or before 30 September 2014 (as per Section 21).”

Voted in Favour

Councillor C O Callaghan – Plebicite for Directly Elected Mayor

“That this Council supports the holding of a plebiscite to let the people decide whether or not there should be a Directly Elected Mayor of Dublin.”

Voted in Favour

 

June Council Meeting:

At the AGM held on the 6th June two formal votes were held for the positions of Mayor of Fingal and Deputy Mayor. While the positions were agreed before the AGM as a result of a deal struck between Fine Gael, Fianna Fail, Labour and a number of Independents I and others felt it was important to have a formal election process .

  •  So for the position of Mayor I voted for Lorna Nolan who is a new Independent Councillor and elected in the Mulhuddart Ward.
  • I was nominated for the position of Deputy Mayor and I voted for myself. I received seven votes (Five Independents and Two Greens)