Formal motions approved by council

Formal Motions Moved by Notice

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council’s (The Council) Standing Order 16 outlines how the Council deals with formal Motions moved by Notice and Motions that are moved without notice.

Notice of Motions Moved by Notice must be received in writing by the Chief Executive, signed by the Member or Members of the Council giving the notice, not later than at least 7 clear days before the next Meeting of the Council.

All Motions received are dated and numbered as received and entered in a Register to be kept for that purpose. The Notice of Motion(s) is entered by the Chief Executive in the appropriate place within the Meeting agenda in the order in which the Motion(s) were received.

With effect from May 2017, those Motions Moved by Notice will be published on this section of the Council’s website.


Council Meeting – 2nd May 2017

Motion: Reinstatement of the Area of Natural Constraint Scheme
To consider the following motion of which due notice has been given:

That this Council:

  1. Notes that farming in the Fermanagh and Omagh Council area is the most important industry and source of income in rural areas;
  2. Notes the very serious concern in the farming community at the cutting of the Area of Natural Constraint scheme;
  3. Writes to all the Party Political leaders, Farming Unions (UFU, NIAPA) NILGA and the Secretary of State James Brokenshire, requesting their support and commitment to reinstate the ANC scheme to at least 2016 levels;
  4. Invites the 10 other Councils to support this motion by also writing to all the Party leaders and the Farming Unions, as well as the Secretary of State James Brokenshire, requesting the reinstatement of the ANC scheme.

PROPOSED BY: Councillors G Campbell, S Clarke, D Coyle, F Donnelly, S Donnelly, A Feely, J Feely, AM Fitzgerald, Greene, Maguire, McCaffrey, McColgan, McNally and O’Reilly.

Council Meeting – 4th July 2017

Motion: Conservative Party and DUP Agreement
To consider the following motion to which due notice has been given:

“That this Council welcomes the significance of the recent agreement between the Conservative Party and the DUP; and that this Council recognises the potentially positive impact that the financial arrangements can have within the Fermanagh and Omagh District Council area.”

PROPOSED BY: Councillors Mahon and Elliott

Council Meeting – 5th September 2017

Motion: Fermanagh and Omagh District Council Standing Order 16
To consider the following motion of which due notice has been given:

‘That this Council rejects the comments of the Council Chairman, Councillor Stephen McCann made in a local newspaper published on the 6th July 2017 that he will not condemn the 1987 Enniskillen bomb and that he has praised the ruthless IRA terrorist Seamus McElwaine.

In the interests of equality, respect and integrity Council calls on Chairman McCann to retract these comments; in the absence of so doing Council have no confidence in the Chairman and write to the Leader of Sinn Fein in Northern Ireland, Michelle O’Neill to request he is replaced as Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council.

PROPOSED BY: Councillors Armstrong, Baird, Irvine, Rainey, Smyth, Thornton, Warrington and Wilson

Council Meeting – 3rd October 2017

Motion: Police Ombudsman’s Report into the Killing of Councillor Patsy Kelly
 To consider the following motion to which due notice has been given:

‘This council welcomes the recent report from the Police Ombudsman that his office continues to investigate with all vigour the failure of the RUC and the PSNI to bring to justice the killers of Councillor Patsy Kelly near Trillick in 1974.

The council notes with particular concern the Ombudsman’s revelation of potential local links between the killers of Councillor Kelly and members of the notorious Glenanne gang that included serving members of both the Ulster Defence Regiment of the British Army and the Royal Ulster Constabulary and was responsible for the murders of many innocent Catholics throughout the North.

The council calls on anyone who may have information concerning the murder of Councillor Kelly to forthwith disclose it to the Police Ombudsman’.

PROPOSED BY: Councillor Campbell, seconded by Councillor F Donnelly and supported by Councillors Clarke, S Donnelly, Fitzgerald, McCann and McColgan.

Council Meeting – 7th November 2017

Motion: Changes to Drivers Licensing requirements and the use of section 10b permits
To consider the following motion of which due notice has been given:

‘This Council recognises the invaluable contribution of community transport, community groups, voluntary sector organisations and charities that operate transport under section 10b permits to the citizens of Fermanagh and Omagh.

These services and activities are critical to those who use them in the district and are recognised as a key element of the People and Communities theme of our Community Planning process.

Consultations issued by the Department of Infrastructure regarding changes to Drivers Licensing requirements and the use of section 10b permits puts transport in Fermanagh and Omagh under threat. These proposals are being undertaken without an impact assessment of the effects of the proposals and without contingency plans or resources being put in place to ensure transport for older people, people with disabilities and the most rurally isolated in our society continues after 1st January 2018.

This Council calls upon the Department for Infrastructure to suspend this consultation process until such times that the Department can demonstrate that proper provision has been put in place to ensure citizens of Fermanagh and Omagh continue to receive transport provision that best meets their needs.’

PROPOSED BY: Councillor Farrell, seconded by Councillor Mahon and supported by Councillors Buchanan, Elliott, Robinson and Thompson.

 

Motion: Enniskillen Poppy Day Bomb
To consider the following motion of which due notice has been given:

‘That this Council shows solidarity with the victims, survivors and all those impacted by the Enniskillen Poppy Day Bomb, 30 years ago; and that we show gratitude to the Emergency services, medical staff and volunteers who provided support for the injured, deceased and their families.’

PROPOSED BY: Councillor Elliott, seconded by Councillor Robinson and supported by Councillors Buchanan, Farrell, Mahon and Thompson.

 

 

Motion: Universal Credit Scheme
To consider the following motion of which due notice has been given:

‘This Council notes the well documented and evidenced hardship caused in England, Scotland and Wales by the roll out of Universal Credit; this Council calls for an immediate halt to the rollout of Universal Credit across the North to protect the most vulnerable and the disadvantaged from poverty, rent arrears and homelessness; writes to party leaders calling on them to work together to deliver a system that is fair, practical and compassionate.’

PROPOSED BY: Councillor J Coyle

 

Motion: Anti-Sectarianism
To consider the following motion of which due notice has been given:

‘In the aftermath of the intimidation of families from a shared housing development in Cantrell Close Belfast that this council acknowledges the recent statement by the six main party leaders pledging their support for citizens to live in a society without fear of intimidation, free from sectarianism and condemn all forms of sectarianism, intolerance and threats of violence.

That this council also affirms the principle of the Good Friday Agreement which promised to citizens ‘the right to freely choose one’s place of residence’ and the ‘right to freedom from sectarian harassment’ and pledges its support for:
• The right to employment free from sectarian discrimination, intimidation and attack;
• The right to housing and to live in your home free from sectarian attack, intimidation or any other discrimination;
• The right to free association, recreation and to socialise at places of choice free from sectarian attack, intimidation or other discrimination;
• The right to practice religious faith and worship free from sectarian attack, intimidation or other discrimination; and
• The duty to report or challenge sectarian speech, attack, intimidation, or other discrimination when witnessed or heard.’

PROPOSED BY: Councillor McNally and seconded by Councillor McColgan