Agenda item

Notices of Motion

Councillor Boyle to Move:

 

Derry City & Strabane District Council notes the recent introduction of Government funding in England and Wales to cover the funeral costs of children. This Council further recognises that in the absence of a functioning devolved government at Stormont such an appropriate action cannot yet be introduced regionally. We welcome the introduction of a scheme to address this anomaly in other Councils in the North. Therefore Derry City & Strabane District Council will henceforth introduce measures to waive all costs associated with the provision of a grave for children under 18 years of age until such time as a regional initiative is introduced.

 

Alderman Hussey to Move:

 

That this Council waive the cost of opening a grave for those under 18 years of age and stillborn births and:

 

Mindful of the 'Children's Funeral Fund' having been launched by the Prime Minister on 1st April 2018 covering Mainland UK whereby parents no longer have to meet the cost of burials and cremations will seek, in the absence of a functioning Northern Ireland Executive, to have this scheme extended to Northern Ireland.

 

Councillor Logue to Move:

 

That this Council recognises the distress of the death of a child or young person.  I therefore call upon this Council to waive the associated cost of grave provision in this Council district for all those under 18 years of age.

 

Go n-aithníonn an Chomhairle seo an briseadh croí a bhaineann le bás linbh duine óig. Mar sin de, iarraim ar an Chomhairle gan na costais atá bainte le huaigh a cheannach a éileamh i gcás básanna faoi 18 mbliana d’aois sa cheantar Comhairle seo.

 

Councillor Gardiner to Move:

 

Derry City and Strabane District Council calls on the Department for Education in conjunction with the Education Authority to complete an audit of the number of nursery school places in this council region and to compare that with the number of children in the region who are of Nursery school age with a view to ensuring every child in this council region has accessible nursery school provision.

 

Councillor D Kelly to Move:

 

That this Council endorses Paragraph 49 of the agreed December 2017 Joint

Report (between the EU and the British Government) as the only option which currently ensures no hardening of the border in Ireland.

 

Adopts Paragraph 49 as this Councils default position when proactively engaging with Government partners to press for the ‘backstop’ option as defined in Paragraph 49 to be retained in the final Withdrawal Agreement.

 

Seeks assurances from EU negotiators, the EU Council and Parliament and the

British Government that they are working to ensure protection of full EU rights for citizens and this protection will be formalized by inclusion in the final

Withdrawal Agreement.

 

Go dtacaíonn an Comhairle Paragraph 49 de Chomhthuairisc aontaithe na

Nollaig 2017 (idir Aontas na hEorpa agus Rialtas na Breataine) mar an t-aon

roghaamháin faoi láthair a chinntíonn nach mbeidh aon chruachan ar an

teorainn in Éirinn.

 

Go nglactar le Paragraf 49 mar sheasamh réamhshocrú an Chomhairle agus muid ag plé go réamhghníomhach le comhpháirtithe Raltais chun go mbeadh an rogha dheiridh, atá sainmhínithe i bParagraf 49, coimeádta sa Chomhantú

Aistarraingthedeireanaí.

 

Gealltanais a iarraidh ó hidirbheartaithe an Aontais Eorpaigh, Comhairle agus

Parlaimintna hEorpa agus Rialtais na Breataine go bhfuil said ag obair chun

chinntiú go mbeadh cearta iomlána an Aontais Eorpaigh cosanta agus chun go mbeadh an chosaint seo curtha san áireamh, ar bhonn foirmiúil, sa Chomhantú Aistarraingthe deireanaí.

 

Councillor Duffy to Move:

 

This Council supports regionally balanced economic growth and wants everyone to share in the benefits of prosperity.

 

We will therefore ensure that City Deals prioritise Inclusive Growth and call on the British Government to formally commit to a City Deal for the North West as well as for Belfast.

 

‘Go dtacaíonn an Chomhairle seo le fás sa gheilleagar atá cothrom go réigiúnach agus a chinntíonn gur féidir le gach duine leas a baint as buntáistí an rathúnais.

 

Cinnteoidhmuid, mar sin, go dtabharfar tús áite d’fhás uileghabhálach sna Bearta Cathracha, agus iarrann muid ar Rialtas na Breataine gealltanas foirmiúil a thabhairt go dtabharfar Beart Cathrach amháin do Bhéal Feirste ach don Iarthuaisceart chomh maith’.

 

Minutes:

Notices of Motion

 

The Lead Legal Services Officer advised that the first of three Notices of Motion on the Agenda covered similar ground.  He clarified that when Notices of Motion were received they were subsequently registered on the agenda, assuming that they were admissible, in date and time order.  In the event of debating one or more of those Notices of Motion, the ground which was then covered by the remaining Motions had already been dealt with, therefore the latter Motions would fall.

 

C192/18         Waiver of Grave Provision Costs for Children

 

                        Councillor Boyle Moved, Seconded by Councillor Tierney

 

That    Derry City & Strabane District Council notes the recent introduction of Government funding in England and Wales to cover the funeral costs of children. This Council further recognises that in the absence of a functioning devolved government at Stormont such an appropriate action cannot yet be introduced regionally. We welcome the introduction of a scheme to address this anomaly in other Councils in the North. Therefore Derry City & Strabane District Council will henceforth introduce measures to waive all costs associated with the provision of a grave for children under 18 years of age until such time as a regional initiative is introduced.

 

An Amendment was Moved by Alderman Hussey, Seconded by Councillor Logue

 

That    Derry City & Strabane District Council notes the recent introduction of Government funding in England and Wales to cover the funeral costs of children. This Council further recognises that in the absence of a functioning devolved government at Stormont such an appropriate action cannot yet be introduced regionally. We welcome the introduction of a scheme to address this anomaly in other Councils in the North. Therefore Derry City & Strabane District Council will henceforth introduce measures to waive all costs associated with the opening of a grave for children under 18 years of age and stillborn births until such time as a regional initiative is introduced.

 

                        After voting by a show of hands the result was unanimous.

 

Subsequently the Amendment became the Substantive Motion which was voted on unanimously and the Council

           

Resolved       That Derry City & Strabane District Council notes the recent introduction of Government funding in England and Wales to cover the funeral costs of children. This Council further recognises that in the absence of a functioning devolved government at Stormont such an appropriate action cannot yet be introduced regionally. We welcome the introduction of a scheme to address this anomaly in other Councils in the North. Therefore Derry City & Strabane District Council will henceforth introduce measures to waive all costs associated with the opening of a grave for children under 18 years of age and stillborn births until such time as a regional initiative is introduced.

 

Alderman Hussey and Councillor Logue stated that they wished to withdraw their Notices of Motion.

 

C193/18         Nursery School Provision

                        Councillor Gardiner Moved, Seconded by Councillor Reilly

That    Derry City and Strabane District Council calls on the Department for Education in conjunction with the Education Authority to complete an audit of the number of nursery school places in this council region and to compare that with the number of children in the region who are of Nursery school age with a view to ensuring every child in this council region has accessible nursery school provision

 

After voting by a show of hands the result was unanimous.

 

Subsequently Councillor Gardiner Moved, Seconded by Councillor Reilly and the Council

           

Resolved       That Derry City and Strabane District Council calls on the Department for Education in conjunction with the Education Authority to complete an audit of the number of nursery school places in this council region and to compare that with the number of children in the region who are of Nursery school age with a view to ensuring every child in this council region has accessible nursery school provision

 

C194/18         Paragraph 49 – EU and British Government Joint Report

                        Councillor D Kelly Moved, Seconded by Councillor Cooper

That    this Council endorses Paragraph 49 of the agreed December 2017 Joint Report (between the EU and the British Government) as the only option which currently ensures no hardening of the border in Ireland.

 

Adopts Paragraph 49 as this Councils default position when proactively engaging with Government partners to press for the ‘backstop’ option as defined in Paragraph 49 to be retained in the final Withdrawal Agreement.

 

Seeks assurances from EU negotiators, the EU Council and Parliament and the British Government that they are working to ensure protection of full EU rights for citizens and this protection will be formalized by inclusion in the final Withdrawal Agreement.

 

                        After voting by a show of hands the result was as follows:

                       

                        For – 26; Against – 10; Abstentions – 3.  The Motion was carried.

 

Subsequently Councillor D Kelly Moved, Seconded by Councillor Cooper and the Council

           

Resolved       Thatthis Council endorses Paragraph 49 of the agreed December 2017 Joint Report (between the EU and the British Government) as the only option which currently ensures no hardening of the border in Ireland.

 

Adopts Paragraph 49 as this Councils default position when proactively engaging with Government partners to press for the ‘backstop’ option as defined in Paragraph 49 to be retained in the final Withdrawal Agreement.

 

Seeks assurances from EU negotiators, the EU Council and Parliament and the British Government that they are working to ensure protection of full EU rights for citizens and this protection will be formalized by inclusion in the final Withdrawal Agreement.

 

 

C195/18         City Deal for the North West

                        Councillor Duffy Moved, Seconded by Councillor Jackson

That    this Council supports regionally balanced economic growth and wants everyone to share in the benefits of prosperity.

 

We will therefore ensure that City Deals prioritise Inclusive Growth and call on the British Government to formally commit to a City Deal for the North West as well as for Belfast.

 

An Amendment was Moved by Alderman Thompson, Seconded by Alderman McClintock

 

That    this Council supports regionally balanced economic growth and wants everyone to share in the benefits of prosperity.

 

We will therefore ensure that City Deals prioritise Inclusive Growth and call on the British Government to formally commit to a City Deal for the North West as well as for Belfast and we request that this Council write to all the Northern Ireland MPs in Westminster to formally request their support demanding urgent progress for a City Deal for the North West

 

After voting on the Amendment by a show of hands the result was as follows:

 

For – 32; Against – 2; Abstentions 0.

 

The Amendment was therefore carried and became the Substantive Motion. 

 

After voting by a show of hands the result on the Substantive Motion was as follows:

 

For – 32; Against – 2; Abstentions 0.  The Substantive Motion was carried.

           

Subsequently Councillor Duffy Moved, Seconded by Councillor Jackson and the Council

           

Resolved       this Council supports regionally balanced economic growth and wants everyone to share in the benefits of prosperity.

 

We will therefore ensure that City Deals prioritise Inclusive Growth and call on the British Government to formally commit to a City Deal for the North West as well as for Belfast and we request that this Council write to all the Northern Ireland MP’s in Westminster to formally request their support demanding urgent progress for a City Deal for the North West