Agenda item

Foyle Pride Week

Minutes:

Councillor Duffy Moved, Seconded by Councillor McCann

That    this Council recognises the huge positive contribution made by our LGBTQ+ Citizens right across the City and District.

To build on the support already shown by Derry City and Strabane District Council to the annual Foyle Pride Festival and in a show of solidarity to the LGBTQ+ community, this Council will light up the Council buildings, where this is possible, annually during Foyle Pride Week.

Alderman McCready maintained that an agreed procedure was required in relation to the lighting up of buildings.  He noted that those requests incurred costs and queried if there was a budget allocated.  He requested that a report be brought to the Governance and Strategic Planning Committee.

Councillor Harkin Proposed an Amendment, Seconded by Councillor McCann

That    this Council recognises the huge positive contribution made by our LGBTQ+ Citizens right across the City and District.

To build on the support already shown by Derry City and Strabane District Council to the annual Foyle Pride Festival and in a show of solidarity to the LGBTQ+ community, this Council will light up the Council buildings and display rainbow flags on Council buildings where this is possible, annually during Foyle Pride Week.

Alderman Devenney referred to the Amendment and asked for legal advice regarding erecting flags on Council buildings.

 

In response, the Lead Legal Services Officer advised that the former Derry City Council had a flags policy and the former Strabane District Council had a slightly different policy in relation to that matter.  He stated that as the positions were slightly different between the two former Council areas, the Amendment specified that the displaying of rainbow flags on Council buildings would be carried out in line with current policy and that Members would have an opportunity to have a broader consideration of the policy going forward.

                       

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

 

For- 27; Against – 7; Abstentions – 0; The Amendment was therefore carried and subsequently became the Substantive Motion.

That    this Council recognises the huge positive contribution made by our LGBTQ+ Citizens right across the City and District.

To build on the support already shown by Derry City and Strabane District Council to the annual Foyle Pride Festival and in a show of solidarity to the LGBTQ+ community, this Council will light up the Council buildings and display rainbow flags on Council buildings where this is possible, annually during Foyle Pride Week.

 

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

 

For – 27; Against – 0; Abstentions – 7;

 

The Motion was therefore carried and the Council

                       

Resolved        that this Council recognises the huge positive contribution made by our LGBTQ+ Citizens right across the City and District.

To build on the support already shown by Derry City and Strabane District Council to the annual Foyle Pride Festival and in a show of solidarity to the LGBTQ+ community, this Council will light up the Council buildings and display rainbow flags on Council buildings where this is possible, annually during Foyle Pride Week.