Agenda and minutes

Special Meeting of Derry City and Strabane District Council
Thursday 22 April 2021 4.00 pm

Venue: remotely - Remotely. View directions


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Notice and Summons of Meeting

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The Chief Executive read the Notice and Summons for the Meeting.


Member Attendance and Apologies

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The Chief Executive completed the roll call. Apologies were noted for Aldermen Bresland, McCready and Councillor Durkan.



Statement for Remote Meetings

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The Mayor read the statement for remote meetings.


Declarations of Members' Interests

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There were no Declarations of Members’ interests.

Chairperson's Business

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Welcome Councillor Heaney

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The Mayor welcomed Councillor Heaney to his first meeting of the full Council and wished him well in his new role.


The Mayor declined a request from Alderman Kerrigan to raise an item under Chairperson’s Business and advised that he wished to adhere to the items on the Agenda.




To Discuss Recent Disturbances and Events in the City and the Policing Response

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The Mayor advised that the meeting had been arranged to discuss recent disturbances within the City and District. He reminded Members that due to legal implications, matters that are awaiting decisions in court or under tribunal, could be referenced but should not be discussed in detail. He further advised that Members should consider using mindful language during the meeting.  He stated that whilst he would give some leeway on time constraints during the meeting, he would stop discussions as necessary.


Councillor R Barr joined the meeting at this point.


Councillor Reilly thanked the Mayor for convening the meeting and concurred that consideration of language and live investigations were required when addressing Council during the meeting.  However, he stressed the importance of addressing concerns surrounding the incident which occurred within the Waterside on Saturday night, and wider incidents that had occurred within recent weeks.


In relation to a recent attempt on the lives of a police officer and her child, he referred to a recent motion passed by Council that outlined Council’s opposition to violence against women and children. He commented that Council should use the opportunity to condemn this type of violence.

Councillor Reilly highlighted Council’s duty to appeal for calm, to hold the PSNI accountable for bad policing and to praise good policing. He acknowledged that recent events had angered residents and stressed the importance of Council communicating with police on a senior level, the Police Ombudsman and Human Rights advisors to the Policing Board in relation to how policing is being carried out within the District.  He advised that representatives from the SDLP had met with police to discuss these issues but felt issues needed addressed within the Council Chamber.


In response to an update provided by the Mayor, Councillor Reilly agreed that his proposal could be included within the Special Meeting of the Council which had already been arranged with the Chief Constable.


Councillor Reilly Proposed, seconded by Councillor J Boyle


That  Council is significantly worried at various policing incidents occurring in our Council area over recent weeks and calls on the PSNI Chief Constable, the Chair of the Policing Board and its Human Rights Advisor to present to Council as soon as possible on public policing concerns in the district.


Councillor Jackson thanked the Mayor for arranging the meeting as a forum for Members to voice their concerns.  He concurred that events at the weekend should not be discussed in detail, but expressed the anger of constituents that a vulnerable person who had called for help had been shot. He added that he felt that repeated concerns regarding the aggressive attitude of the PSNI when operating in particular areas of the City had been ignored. He highlighted the need for the PSNI to restore the confidence of the public in the policing system, adding that there was a perception that some elements of the PSNI were unwilling to police criminal gangs. He expressed support of the proposal by the SDLP and expressed hope that the proposed  ...  view the full minutes text for item SC54/21