Formal motions considered 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

Council Meeting – 5th December 2017

Motion: Brexit
To consider the following motion of which due notice has been given:

Given the crucial EU Council meeting on the 14th and 15th December, this Council calls on the EU 27 to ensure that the British Government proposals on Brexit leads to no hardening of Britain’s border in Ireland, that the Good Friday Agreement is protected in all of its parts and that there is no regression on the rights of the people of this Council region.

The best way to do this would be through Designated Special Status for the north of Ireland within the EU.

This Council calls on the EU 27 to hold to this position and if the British Government does not deliver on these issues then sufficient progress will not have been met and the negotiations cannot move on to the future relations between the EU and British Government.

This Council commits to write to each Head of Government of the EU 27, including the Taoiseach, on behalf of the people of this border Council area who will be drastically affected by any hard border as a result of Brexit’.

PROPOSED BY: Councillor J Feely, seconded by Councillor Greene

Council Meeting – 2nd January 2018

Motion: Bombardier Aerospace
To consider the following motion of which due notice has been given:

‘Whereas this Council, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, recognises the vital significance of Bombardier Aerospace, formerly Shorts, for the Northern Ireland economy, with four thousand three hundred workers directly employed and a further twenty thousand employed indirectly in the supply chain or through induced economic activity; we express our profound concern at the threat posed to  these jobs by recent protectionist judgements by the US International Trade Commission which effectively places a 300% surcharge on the C Series aircraft in an attempt to close the US market; it is resolved to express our full solidarity with the workforce and company at this time of trial and propose to write directly to the Prime Minister Theresa May MP to request that the government make it known to Boeing that if they do not withdraw their case then they will be excluding themselves from UK procurement opportunities both current and future; it is further resolved to write to the European Trade Commissioner to request an immediate escalation through existing trade disputes mechanisms.’

PROPOSED BY: Councillor Warrington, seconded by Councillor Thornton

Council Meeting – 6th February 2018

Motion: Gambling
To consider the following motion of which due notice has been given:

‘Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, notes the damage gambling can do to both individuals and families;

  1. Requests that Fermanagh and Omagh District Council writes to all the registered Political Party Leaders in the North and South of Ireland as well as registered Political Party Leaders in England Scotland and Wales asking for their support and commitment in banning all Gambling adverts from Television, Print Media and Social Media.
  2. Requests that Fermanagh and Omagh District Council invites the 10 other Councils to support this motion by also writing to all the Party Leaders asking that gambling adverts are banned from Television, Print Media and Social Media.’

PROPOSED BY: Councillor Greene, seconded by Councillor J Feely

 

Motion: Right to Work: Right to Welfare Checklist for Social Security Decision Makers
To consider the following motion of which due notice has been given:

“That this Council supports the right to work: Right to Welfare (R2W) group’s “People’s Proposal” aim at introducing a simple but vital checklist for Social Security decision makers. This Council supports this aim and will write to the Permanent Secretary for the Department for Communities calling for the issuance of guidance to all decision makers, requiring them to ensure that both due process and impact assessments are undertaken and fully complied with in the decision making process.”

PROPOSED BY: Councillor J Coyle, seconded by Councillor Rogers

 

Council Meeting – 4th April 2018

Motion: Boundary Commission’s 2018 Review
To consider the following motion of which due notice has been given:

‘This Council acknowledges that there are grave concerns about the Boundary Commission’s decision to scrap their own provisional proposals for September 2016 in favour of Revised Proposals published in January 2018, which are far removed from their provisional proposals but which are remarkably similar to the DUP proposals as submitted to the Commission in the Course of the Public consultation periods of 2016 and 2017.

As a result of this many in the Nationalist and Republican community have lost confidence in this Boundary Commission, therefore, this Council, in reflecting that loss of confidence, is calling for a Public Inquiry into the Boundary Commission’s handling of the 2018 Review.’

PROPOSED BY: Councillor J Feely, seconded by Councillor McColgan

Council Meeting – 1st May 2018

Motion: Burial costs for under 18s
To consider the following motion of which due notice has been given:

‘That this Council write to the Department for Communities; Mr David Sterling; and Prime Minister Theresa May, to ensure that we as citizens of the UK receive the same benefits, by the provision of burial costs for under 18-year-olds as those grieving parents in Mainland UK .

Further that this Council immediately waive the cost of opening a grave for those under 18-year-olds at a difficult time in any parent’s lives’

PROPOSED BY: Councillor V Warrington, seconded by Councillor H Thornton

Council Meeting – 5th June 2018

Motion: No hardening of the border in Ireland
To consider the following motion to which due notice has been given:

“This Council supports paragraph 49 of the agreed Joint Report of December 2017 which is an approach that will ensure there is no hardening of the border in Ireland and wants to see the ‘backstop’ option as defined in paragraph 49 included in the legally binding Withdrawal Agreement.

Further to that this Council will proactively lobby for retaining the ‘backstop’ in the Withdrawal Agreement unless and until something better emerges.

In addition, this Council wants the full EU rights of citizens protected as proposed in the current draft Withdrawal Agreement.”

PROPOSED BY: Councillor J Feely, Seconded by Councillor A Feely and supported by Councillors Greene, Maguire, McCaffrey and McCann

Council Meeting – 26th July 2018

Motion: PIP Assessment Process
To consider the following motion to which due notice has been given:

“That this Council notes the recent review into the PIP Assessment Process; commends the team led by Walter Rader for their efforts; recognises that the recommendations put forward will improve elements of the assessment process; expresses disappointment that de-privatising the assessment process was not included as part of the recommendations and calls on the Department for Communities to implement the recommendations as a matter of urgency and to consider further changes including an end to the privatisation of Assessments for PIP”.

PROPOSED BY: Councillor D Coyle, seconded by Councillor Doherty

Council Meeting – 4th September 2018

Motion: Brexit
To consider the following motion to which due notice has been given:

“That this Council acknowledges the commitments made in the Brexit negotiations (both the Joint Report and the Draft Agreement) where Irish/EU citizens in the north of Ireland will continue to enjoy, exercise and have access to rights, opportunities and benefits as EU citizens;
  • Recognises that this body of rights includes democratic rights ie the right to vote and stand as candidates in EU elections;
  • Calls on the Irish Government to facilitate this right given that Ireland has been allocated two additional MEP seats;
  • Calls on the Irish Government to amend the legislation, allocate those seats to the north of Ireland and allow citizens in the north to vote for candidates for these seats in order that they may be represented in the EU Parliament;
 This Council will write to the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government requesting this”.
                      PROPOSED BY: Councillor McCaffrey, seconded by Councillor Greene and supported  by Councillors O’Reilly and J Feely

 

Motion: Construction of a bridge between Northern Ireland, Scotland and the North of England
To consider the following motion to which due notice has been given:

That this Council acknowledges that the construction of a bridge between Northern Ireland, Scotland and the North of England would be a positive opportunity and has the potential to be a game changer for this the most Western area of the UK and also the ROI. Furthermore, that the Council writes to the PM to outline our support for this ambitious project”.

   PROPOSED BY: Councillor Mahon

 

Council Meeting – 2nd October 2018

Motion: Suicide Strategy
To consider the following motion to which due notice has been given:

“That this Council notes that Northern Ireland has the highest suicide rate in the UK and that over the years 2007-2016 there have tragically been 179 lives lost and families devastated in the Fermanagh and Omagh Council area as a result of it; reminds anyone who may be in distress or despair that support is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week; urges anyone who may be experiencing suicidal ideations to immediately contact their GP or any one of our brilliant mental health charities; notes that funding on mental health services across Northern Ireland remains wholly inadequate and expresses outrage that the ongoing political impasse at Stormont has meant that Protect Life 2 – the new strategy and action plan to reduce our suicide rate – has still not been published due to the absence of a local Minister; agrees to write to the Secretary of State to emphasize to her that the current situation is unacceptable and to urge her to intervene to secure the immediate publication of the strategy”.
                      PROPOSED BY: Councillor Warrington, seconded by Councillor Smyth and supported by Councillors Armstrong, Baird and Irvine

 

Motion: Wearing of life-jackets / personal flotation devices
To consider the following motion to which due notice has been given:

“This council calls upon all councils to petition for a change in legislation which will make it mandatory for people to wear life-jackets or personal flotation devices whilst on board a vessel on our waterways. The importance cannot be underestimated given the number of recent deaths on Lough Erne and the high number of emergency, multi-agency responses the local Coastguard, RNLI, Fire Service, PSNI and Ambulance service make in our area. The Republic of Ireland currently holds a mandatory policy and in the interest of safety for our citizens it is incumbent that we review the current legislation”.

   PROPOSED BY: Councillor Elliott, seconded by Councillor Mahon

Council Meeting – 4th December 2018

Motion: Paediatric Pathologist
To consider the following motion to which due notice has been given:

“This council notes that the Belfast Trust are struggling to recruit a Paediatric Pathologist and urges the Permanent Secretary of Health to approach this issue on an All-Ireland basis which would reduce the already enormous burden on parents suffering from bereavement. A Post Mortem should allow a family to get the answers they need from professionals as sensitively and swiftly as possible and using services in England would prolong this process. This council calls on the Permanent Secretary of Health to engage urgently with the Department of Health in the South to find an All-Ireland solution to this sensitive issue.”

   PROPOSED BY: Councillor McColgan, seconded by Councillor Clarke

 

Motion: “On the Ball” Campaign
To consider the following motion to which due notice has been given:

“That Fermanagh and Omagh District Council agrees to support the “On the Ball” campaign, the aim of which is to provide free sanitary products in as many sporting grounds and public buildings as possible to combat the ever growing issue of period poverty. As an initial step, the Council will look at the feasibility of its introduction at the Town Hall in Enniskillen, The Grange in Omagh, the Intec Centre and other council offices in both Fermanagh and Omagh, and in keeping with the “On the Ball” campaign will also look at the feasibility of providing free sanitary products in all of the council sports facilities.

The Council should strive to join Derry City and Strabane District Council to proactively help efforts to tackle period poverty and be part of bringing about such positive change. It should be the norm in schools, universities, colleges, workplaces, football/sports grounds, concert venues for free access to sanitary product provision”.

   PROPOSED BY: Councillor D Coyle, seconded by Councillor Fitzgerald

 

Council Meeting – February 2019

Motion: Goldmine and Processing Plant (LA10/2017/1249/F)
To consider the following motion to which due notice has been given:

 “This Council opposes plans to develop a goldmine and processing plant (LA10/2017/1249/F) in the Sperrins and wider region. Given the serious health and environmental risks involved, this Council is opposed to the use of cyanide for mining purposes, which also contravenes the European Parliament resolution of 27 April 2017 on the implementation of the Mining Waste Directive (2006/21/EC)”.

PROPOSED BY: Councillor McColgan, seconded by Councillor J Feely.

 

Motion: Rate Reform
To consider the following motion to which due notice has been given:

“Acknowledges the importance of and contribution to the economy made by our town centres; Reaffirms our commitment to develop and support town centre businesses, both with direct engagement and with general town centre activities to aid footfall. Recognises the need for rate reform and, in doing so, backs the call from Retail NI for “radical change” in relation to town centres”.

  PROPOSED BY: Councillor Irvine, seconded by Councillor Baird and supported by Councillors Armstrong, Warrington and Wilson.

 

Motion: Crowley Report
To consider the following motion to which due notice has been given:

“This Council supports the family of Aidan McAnespie, shot dead by the British Army in February 1988, in establishing all the facts surrounding his death.  To that end we undertake to write to the Dublin Government calling for them to release the Crowley report, undertaken in the aftermath of his death”.
  PROPOSED BY: Councillor McNally, seconded by Councillor Fitzgerald and supported by Councillors Campbell, D Coyle, S Donnelly, J Feely, Maguire, McCaffrey, McCann, McColgan and O’Reilly.


Council Meeting – 5th March 
2019

Motion: Geological Disposal Facility
To consider the following motion to which due notice has been given:

“That this Council opposes any plans for a Geological Disposal Facility in any part of Ireland. We will write to the NIO and British Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to clearly state our opposition to any part of Ireland being used as a dumping ground for British toxic waste”.

PROPOSED BY: Councillor J Feely, seconded by Councillor Doherty and supported by Councillors D Coyle, F Donnelly, A Feely, Fitzgerald, Greene, McCann, McColgan and McNally.

 

Motion: Condition of Roads in the Council area
To consider the following motion to which due notice has been given:

“That this Council is concerned at the general condition of some of the roads in the Council area and the procedure used to identify and carry out repairs of the roads where remedial work is required. Council calls on DfI Roads to review their practices and processes of identifying and repairing road surfaces and other aspects under their control”.

  PROPOSED BY: Councillor Wilson, seconded by Councillor Armstrong and supported by Councillors Irvine, Rainey, Smyth and Warrington.

 

 

Motion: Zero Hours Contracts
To consider the following motion to which due notice has been given:

“In a recent study by the Centre for Longitudinal Studies, they found that the practice of zero hours contracts is having a detrimental
impact on young people’s physical and mental health.

The precarious nature of such jobs, the lack of certainty in terms of both wages earned and hours worked in any week, is making it
impossible for a new generation of workers to secure mortgages, to pay their bills and to make a decent living for themselves and
their families.

Precarious work has now become a systematic feature of present day employment practices. It is anathema to decent working
terms a terms and conditions and counter productive to encouraging inclusive economic growth.

This council agrees that zero hours contracts have no role in stimulating inclusive economic growth and should be banned.

Fermanagh & Omagh District Council calls upon employers within our district to end the practice of zero hour contracts now. This
council commits itself to doing everything that it can to help make Fermanagh & Omagh a zero hours contracts free zone.

This motion further proposes that the Council Chair convene a district wide forum, including local business leaders, trade unions,
employers organizations, youth groups, anti poverty groups, and any other concerned sections of civic society, to develop a
practical strategy aimed at bringing an end to these damaging and harmful employment practices”.

  PROPOSED BY: Councillor D Coyle and seconded by Councillor McColgan.

 

Council Meeting – 2nd April 2019

Motion: Air Ambulance
To consider the following motion to which due notice has been given:
 “That this Council commends the work of Air Ambulance Northern Ireland across the Fermanagh and Omagh District.
Furthermore, this council recognises the significant public fundraising efforts required to keep the Northern Ireland Air Ambulance operational and
that we, as a council, support the promotion of this charity in line with current council policy”.
PROPOSED BY: Councillor Buchanan, seconded by Councillor Elliott and supported by Councillors Farrell, Mahon, Robinson and Thompson..