The Lead Democratic Services and Improvement Officer presented the above report, a copy of which had previously been circulated. She advised that the purpose of the report was to provide elected Members with details of progress in terms of delivery of the Directorate Delivery Plan for the Strategic Planning and Support Units for the year 2018/2019.
In regards to page 14 of Appendix 2, – to develop and deliver a range of projects, events and initiatives to promote the Irish language and Ulster Scots – Alderman Devenney expressed concern at the project score of 100% given that from the eight events held only one represented Ulster Scots. He suggested that this was something of a token gesture.
The Lead Democratic Services and Improvement Officer pointed out that the 100% referred to the fact that Council achieved 100% of its commitment during the year.
Alderman Hussey referred to the Walls 400 Irish language event in partnership with Libraries NI and suggested that surely this provided a perfect opportunity for the inclusion of Ulster Scots. He said this gave the impression of paying lip service to Ulster Scots and their whole culture and identify and not just language which has to be taken on board.
Recommended that Members endorse the reports set out in Appendices 2 and 3.