The Chief Executive presented the above report, a copy of which had been previously circulated to Members. The purpose of the report was to advise Members of correspondence received in relation to Motions passed by Council.
Councillor M McHugh referred to correspondence received from the Office of the Tánaiste regarding Council’s motion calling for a border poll. He then referred to points in the letter wherein the call for such a poll was deemed to be destructive or disruptive and stated that he could not think of anything more destructive or disruptive than those comments with the impending Brexit. He stated that it may be the position of that government at the present time, however a change was taking place in the North of Ireland due to the implementation of Brexit where young people are looking to their future aspirations. He referred to a recent meeting in Belfast which was well attended and that young people in particular had expressed their fears and anxieties regarding Brexit. He stated that the border poll would open up a debate and give everyone a say and enable them to make a decision on the matter. He expressed disappointed in the remarks throughout the correspondence and that aspirations for a border poll was the result of decisions being made on behalf of the people by the European Union.
Alderman Warke and Councillor Cusack left the meeting at this point.