Agenda item

Ulster University - Funding

Councillor McCloskey to Move:

 

This Council opposes the release of any and all City Deal funding to Ulster University.

 

Council demands that following Stormont’s loan to UU for expansion in its North Belfast Campus, a similar financial support be made available to any new institutions in Derry.

 

Councillor Gallagher to Move:

 

That this Council posthumously awards the Freedom of Strabane

to NHS nurse Pat McManus.

 

Councillor Ferguson to Move:

 

This Council recognises the need for active and green travel, and that all communities including our rural communities should have opportunities to avail of this.

 

So this Council calls on the Department of Infrastructure, Department of Communities and the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to work together with Derry City and Strabane District Council to commit to progress the next stage of the Strathfoyle Greenway.

 

Councillor McKinney to Move:

 

This Council writes to the DAERA Minister expressing concerns following the failure of the amendment to the Agricultural Bill 2019/20 on the protection of food standards in line with current EU standards.

 

Our consumers should expect food that is imported to this country to be of the same high standards of animal welfare and environmental protection as expected of food producers in Northern Ireland. Importing food produced to low animal welfare and environmental standards to undercut our local farmers, is unacceptable.

 

Alderman McCready to Move:

 

This Council takes the position to support the Londonderry Port and Harbour’s pursuit of ‘Free Port’ status and communicates this to the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister and Ministers for the Departments of Infrastructure and the Economy.

 

Councillor Reilly to Move:

 

This Council writes to the Minster for Finance urging him to allow Local Authorities to be able to refinance existing loans from the Consolidated Fund on more favourable interest rate terms.

 

Councillor Mellon to Move:

 

That this Council recognises the concern and anxiety that exists among teaching and non-teaching staff as well as parents and young people in relation to the eventual reopening of schools; understands the challenges facing school boards and principals in keeping children and teachers safe while providing High quality education.

 

This Council will write to the Minister for Education and state that we insist that any re-opening of schools should be based on scientific and medical advice consistent with that provided by World Health Organisation and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. 

 

Council also calls on the Minister of Education to engage and consult extensively with education stakeholders as well as parents and young people in advance of the re-opening of schools and to provide them with clear and early guidance.

 

Go n-aithníonn an Chomhairle an imní atá ar na foirne teagaisc agus neamhtheagaisc chomh maith le tuismitheoirí agus daoine óga maidir le hathoscailt scoileanna i ndeireadh báireTuigeann an Chomhairle na dúshláin atá roimh na boird scoile agus príomhoidí ag coinneáil páistí agus múinteoirí slán sábháilte le linn oideachas ardchaighdeáin a chur ar fáil chomh maith

 

Scríobhfaidh an Chomhairle seo chuig an Aire Oideachais agus luafaidh go n-éilíonn muid gur chóir athoscailt na scoileanna bheith bunaithe ar chomhairle eolaíochta agus leighis atá seasmhach leis an chomhairle a chuirfear ar fáil ón Eagraíocht Dhomhanda Sláinte agus an Lárionad Eorpach um Ghalair a Chosc agus a Rialú.

 

Iarrannan Chomhairle seo ar an Aire Oideachais dul i gcomhairle agus i mbun comhrá go forleathan le páirtithe leasmhara oideachais chomh maith le tuismitheoirí agus daoine óga sula n-athosclaítear na scoileanna le treoir shoiléir agus luath a chur ar fáil dóibh.

 

Councillor Durkan to Move:

 

This Council notes the unique economic, social and political impact of Brexit on the North West of Ireland, across all sectors and communities.

 

This Council further notes the additional immense challenges facing workers, businesses, citizens, families and communities as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

This Council regards an extension to the said transition period, scheduled to end on 31 December 2020, to be essential to protect our economic interests, people’s rights and environmental standards.

 

This Council welcomes the continuing regard for the interests and bespoke circumstances of this region demonstrated by the EU.

 

This Council calls for the British Government to secure a reasonable extension of the current Brexit transition period for a reasonable period to enable local governments, businesses, citizens and communities to make necessary preparations.

 

Go n-aithníonn an Chomhairle seo an tionchar eacnamaíoch, sóisialta agus polaitiúil atá ag an Bhreatimeacht ar an Iarthuaisceart fud fad gach earnáil agus pobal.

 

Aithníonnan Chomhairle seo chomh maith na dúshláin mhillteanacha bhreise atá roimh oibrithe, ghnóthaí, shaoránaightheaghlaigh agus phobail mar gheall ar an phaindéim COVID-19.

 

Breathnaíonn an Chomhairle seo go bhfuil an síneadh ama don idirthréimhse, atá beartaithe le críochnú ar an 31 Nollaig 2020,  riachtanach lenár leasanna eacnamaíochta, cearta daoine agus caighdeáin thimpeallachta a chosaint

Fáiltíonnan Chomhairle seo roimh an mheas leanúnach a thugtar do na leasanna agus na cúinsí saincheaptha sa réigiún seo atá léirithe ag an AE.

 

Iarrannan Chomhairle seo ar Rialtas na Breataine síneadh ama ar feadh tréimhse atá réasúnta a fháil don idirthréimhse Bhreatimeachta atá ann faoi láthair le rialtais áitiúla, gnóthaí, saoránaigh agus pobail a chur ar a gcumasna hullmhucháin riachtanacha a dhéanamh.

 

Cllr Harkin to Move:

 

Recently released statistics from the Department for Communities estimates that 92,000 children, 303,000 individuals, 176,000 working age people and 34,000 pensioners live in absolute poverty across the North. This represents an alarming increase in pre-Covid-19 deprivation.

The yet to be calculated economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic will further impact the number of families and individuals facing deprivation in Derry and Strabane. This is already evident in the massive increase in the number of people in receipt of the not-fit-for purpose Universal Credit.

Council agrees to invite a representative from the DfC and other anti-poverty groups to present on the scale of deprivation in the district.

Council agrees to create an Emergency Poverty Working Group to establish how many people living in the Derry and Strabane Council District face increasing deprivation. Council agrees on the need to develop a response to increased levels of poverty. Council agrees to work with trade unions, antipoverty groups, community organisations and others to develop a Derry and Strabane District Emergency Poverty Action Plan.

Councillor McCann to Move:

 

Council condemns the action of the PSNI in disrupting the Black Lives Matter (BLM) protest in Guildhall Square in Derry on 6 June by issuing fines and threatening court action against organisers and participants. This contrasted with the inaction of the PSNI in face of large gatherings on beaches and in major retail outlets over prior weeks.

 

Council recognises that the role of the organisers, the North West Migrants’ Forum (NWMF), in striving to maintain social distancing was exemplary and that many other organisations and institutions in the council area could benefit from studying the disciplined way the NWMF set about arranging the event.

 

Council rejects the expressed view of Justice Minister Naomi Long that the PSNI action was ‘proportionate.’ Council queries whether Ms. Long’s statement to this effect represents the unanimous view of the Executive. Council regrets that no explanation has been forthcoming of the significant disparity between the level of police action in Belfast and in Derry.

 

Council notes that Amnesty and the Committee on the Administration of Justice have expressed concern about the way application of the regulations arising from the Covid-19 pandemic were altered on the evening prior to the Black Lives Matter protest, clearly suggesting that the point of the changes was to facilitate the PSNI in taking action against protesters.

 

Council backs the call for a full review of how policing was conducted at the BLM events. Council supports the demand for a public apology to the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Community. Council calls for the withdrawal of all fines and threats of court action against BLM protesters.

 

 

 

Minutes:

Councillor McCloskey Moved, Seconded by Councillor Donnelly

 

That    This Council opposes the release of any and all City Deal funding to Ulster University.

 

Council demands that following Stormont’s loan to UU for expansion in its North Belfast Campus, a similar financial support be made available to any new institutions in Derry.

 

Councillor Reilly Proposed an Amendment, Seconded by Councillor Cusack

 

That    Council demands that following Stormont’s loan to UU for expansion in its North Belfast Campus, a similar financial support be made available to any new institutions in Derry.

 

Council recognises that proposed City Deal funding to Ulster University is central to the NI Graduate Entry Medical School and other job generating research projects such as CIDRA and CARL.

 

After voting on the Amendment the result was as follows;

 

For:- 31;         Against:- 2;    Abstentions:- 1.

 

The Amendment was therefore carried.

 

Councillor Cooper Proposed a further Amendment, Seconded by Councillor Duffy

 

That    Council demands that following Stormont’s loan to UU for expansion in its North Belfast Campus, a similar financial support be made available to any new institutions in Derry.

 

Council recognises that proposed City Deal funding to Ulster University is central to the NI Graduate Entry Medical School and other job generating research projects such as CIDRA and CARL 

 

This Council calls on the British Government and Ulster University to guarantee that any projects developed by the UU through City Deal funding will be based permanently in Derry.  Council calls on the Stormont Executive and Dublin Government to clearly commit to funding ring fenced additional MasN places for the Magee Campus to maximise opportunities for expansion.

 

Councillor Donnelly asked if the wording in the third paragraph could be changed to, ‘This Council demands.’ Councillor Cooper stated that he was happy to make the change within the Amendment.  Subsequently the Amendment read as follows:

 

That    Council demands that following Stormont’s loan to UU for expansion in its North Belfast Campus, a similar financial support be made available to any new institutions in Derry.

 

Council recognises that proposed City Deal funding to Ulster University is central to the NI Graduate Entry Medical School and other job generating research projects such as CIDRA and CARL 

 

This Council demands that the British Government and Ulster University guarantee that any projects developed by the UU through City Deal funding will be based permanently in Derry.  Council calls on the Stormont Executive and Dublin Government to clearly commit to funding ring fenced additional MasN places for the Magee Campus to maximise opportunities for expansion.

 

After voting on the Amendment the result was unanimous.

 

Councillor Gallagher Proposed a further Amendment, Seconded by Councillor Donnelly

 

That    Council demands that following Stormont’s loan to UU for expansion in its North Belfast Campus, a similar financial support be made available to any new institutions in Derry.

 

Council recognises that proposed City Deal funding to Ulster University is central to the NI Graduate Entry Medical School and other job generating research projects such as CIDRA and CARL 

 

This Council demands that the British Government and Ulster University guarantee that any projects developed by the UU through City Deal funding will be based permanently in Derry.  Council calls on the Stormont Executive and Dublin Government to clearly commit to funding ring fenced additional MasN places for the Magee Campus to maximise opportunities for expansion.

 

No monies are released to the UU until they have committed to a third party all of their financial contribution as agreed and this is time bound to allow space for other potential partners.

 

After voting on the amendment the result was as follows:

 

For:- 6;  Against:- 26; Abstentions:- 3.

 

The Amendment therefore fell.

 

The following Substantive Motion was therefore voted upon:

 

That    Council demands that following Stormont’s loan to UU for expansion in its North Belfast Campus, a similar financial support be made available to any new institutions in Derry.

 

Council recognises that proposed City Deal funding to Ulster University is central to the NI Graduate Entry Medical School and other job generating research projects such as CIDRA and CARL 

 

This Council demands that the British Government and Ulster University guarantee that any projects developed by the UU through City Deal funding will be based permanently in Derry.  Council calls on the Stormont Executive and Dublin Government to clearly commit to funding ring fenced additional MasN places for the Magee Campus to maximise opportunities for expansion.

 

The result was as follows:

 

For:- 30;  Against:- 1;  Abstentions:- 0. 

 

Therefore the Substantive Motion was carried and the Council

 

Resolved       That Council demands that following Stormont’s loan to UU for expansion in its North Belfast Campus, a similar financial support be made available to any new institutions in Derry.

 

Council recognises that proposed City Deal funding to Ulster University is central to the NI Graduate Entry Medical School and other job generating research projects such as CIDRA and CARL 

 

This Council demands that the British Government and Ulster University guarantee that any projects developed by the UU through City Deal funding will be based permanently in Derry.  Council calls on the Stormont Executive and Dublin Government to clearly commit to funding ring fenced additional MasN places for the Magee Campus to maximise opportunities for expansion.