Minutes 2020

Minutes of July Ordinary Meeting of Sligo County Council held on Monday, 6th July, 2020 at 10.00 a.m. on The Knocknarea Arena, I.T. Sligo, Ballinode, Sligo.


  • Councillor Bree,
  • Councillor Casserly,
  • Councillor Clarke,
  • Councillor Connolly,
  • Councillor Fox,
  • Councillor Gibbons,
  • Councillor Gilroy,
  • Councillor Healy,
  • Councillor MacSharry,
  • Councillor Maguire,
  • Councillor Mullaney,
  • Councillor Mulvey,
  • Councillor O’Boyle,
  • Councillor O’Grady,
  • Councillor Queenan, Taylor and
  • Councillor Walsh.



  • Ciarán Hayes, Chief Executive
  • Marie Whelan, Head of Finance
  • Tom Kilfeather, Director of Services
  • Ms. Dorothy Clarke, Director of Services
  • Bartley Gavin, A/Director of Services
  • John Reilly, Head of Enterprise
  • John Moran, Senior Executive Officer
  • Frank Moylan, Senior Planner
  • Jimmy O’Brien, I.S. Project Leader
  • Clodagh Quinn, Staff Officer
  • Jo-Anne McGonigle, Assistant Staff Officer



  • Cathaoirleach, Councillor Dara Mulvey, presided.



  • Apologies were received from Councillor M. Baker.



The Members agreed to note Minutes of Meeting of the Local Traveller Accommodation Consultative Committee held on 22nd November, 2019.



Proposed by Councillor R. O’Grady
Seconded by Councillor G. Mullaney


“To confirm Minutes of Ordinary Meeting of Sligo County Council held on 15th June, 2020.”



Proposed by Councillor G. Mullaney
Seconded by Councillor T. Fox


“To confirm Minutes of Annual Meeting of Sligo County Council held on 15th June, 2020.”



Proposed by Councillor G. O’Boyle
Seconded by Councillor D. Mulvey


“To approve in accordance with Section 183 of the Local Government Act 2001, the disposal of property at 15 Marren Park, Ballymote, Co. Sligo to Ms. Deborah Conboy and Mr. Kevin Kielty.”



Proposed by Councillor D. Mulvey
Seconded by Councillor M. Clarke


“To approve in accordance with Section 183 of the Local Government Act 2001, the disposal of property at Main Street, Coolaney, Co. Sligo to Ms. Suzanne Colleary.”



Proposed by Councillor G. O’Boyle
Seconded by Councillor G. Mullaney


“That Sligo County Council commence the process of taking in charge the development known as ‘Tower Hill’, Ballymote, Co. Sligo by instigating the necessary procedures under Section 11 of the Roads Act, 1993 to declare public the road serving the development.”



Councillor M. Clarke requested that the related Notice of Motion under item 14 on the Agenda be deferred to the October meeting of the Council.

Mr. Frank Moylan, Senior Planner, outlined the reasons for both documents being brought before the Members for noting.  With regard to a contribution by Councillor Clarke, it was clarified that the variation process, although initiated by the Executive, was due to a requirement for changes to the Development Plan arising from changes to policies and plans at national level.

Mr. Moylan dealt with the Chief Executive’s Progress Report initially, outling the requirement to provide the report following the adoption of the Sligo County Development Plan on 31st July, 2017.  He detailed the various objectives of the Plan which related to all functional areas of the Council, stating that while some objectives had not been achieved, they were still relevant, were set within a longer timeframe and would be carried over to the next Development Plan.

With regard to Draft Variation 1 of the Development Plan which had been prepared under Section 13 of the Planning and Development Act, 2000 (as amended), he advised of the requirement to vary the Plan arising from material issues at

  1. National level, the National Spatial Strategy 2002-2020 was replaced in 2018 by the National Planning Framework/Project Ireland 2040;
  2. Regional level, the Border Regional Planning Guidelines 2010-2022 were replaced in 2020 by the Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy for the Northern and Western Region.

He referred to the Core Strategy and advised of the public consultation process of the Variation.  He detailed the main changes involved, date for placement of the public advertisement and that he anticipated reverting to the Members with the Chief Executive’s Report at the October Council Meeting.

In response to queries, he advised that no changes were proposed to the zoning of Mini Plans, decisions would not be required to the Variations until the October meeting and that the Variation process was appropriate in Sligo’s case due to the current stage of our Development Plan.

The Members then agreed to note

  1. the commencement of the statutory process to make a variation to the Sligo County Development Plan 2017- 2023 in order to incorporate the relevant provisions of the National Planning Framework and the Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy.  The proposed variation will be placed on public display for a period of four weeks before been brought back before the elected members for their consideration.
  2. the Chief Executive’s mid-term report on the progress achieved in securing the objectives of the Sligo County Development Plan 2017–2023.



A report setting out Sligo County Council’s Covid-19 Economic Recovery Measures had been issued to the Members in advance of the Meeting.

The report had been set out under the following headings and Ms. Clarke gave an overview on each one. 

  • Rates Waiver and Restart Grant
  • Business Continuity Vouchers
  • Trading Online Vouchers Scheme
  • Priming, Business expansion, Feasibility and TAME Grants
  • Mentoring and Training Supports
  • Advisory Supports and Microfinance loans
  • Accelerated Covid-19 response Measure – increasing footfall in towns and villages
  • Table and chair licence fees
  • Mobility Plan for Sligo town centre
  • Back to business campaign
  • Tourism related/Fáilte Ireland including
  • Tourism Destination Recovery Task Force
  • Tourism Business Supports
  • Staycations
  • Irish Tourism Industry Confederation
  • Covid-19 Safety Charter and
  • Hub Outreach Scheme 2020 – Atlantic Economic Corridor.

The report was supplemented by information provided by Ms. Marie Whelan, Head of Finance and Mr. John Reilly, Head of Enterprise.

The Members expressed their thanks for the efforts of the Council and in response to questions, details were given regarding:-

  • Eligibility for the Rates Waiver Scheme and role of Revenue Collector,
  • Waiver of fee for Tables and Chairs Licences,
  • Supports availed of by Sligo Food Trail,
  • Business Continuity Vouchers,
  • Trading Online Vouchers Scheme – Covid-19,
  • Priming, Business Expansion, Feasibility and TAME Grants,
  • Mentoring and Training Supports in conjunction with the E.T.B. and I.T. Sligo and
  • Microfinance Covid-19 loan applications.

Details were also given of a recent successful collaboration with I.T. Sligo in attracting funding of €1.9 million for a Digital Futures Manufacturing Centre for the Council owned building in the Market Yard.

The Chief Executive complimented the staff who undertook and delivered an extensive range and scale of actions and activities on top of an already heavy workload.  He advised the Members of the potential implications for the Council’s work programme in the event that revenue lost through the Rates Waiver is not recouped from the Department.

In response to further queries, details were given of the membership of the local Task Force established by Fáilte Ireland and it was confirmed that the Chief Executive would be making a submission to the national Tourism Task Force on behalf of Sligo Tourism Limited.  It was confirmed that the cost to Sligo County Council would be collated and brought to the attention of the Members in September in advance of the Budgetary process.

Caution was urged at the conclusion of the debate as it was considered the virus would be with us for a long time to come.



The Members agreed to note the Monthly Management Report for May 2020.



Councillor Gilroy referred to items that were dealt with by way of a written report at the June Meeting and said that Councillors Connolly, Mullaney, Taylor and himself now wished to have those items dealt with at the end of the deferred items on this Agenda.  This was agreed by the Members.



Proposed by Councillor J. Queenan
Seconded by Councillor P. Taylor


“To call on the Minister for Environment to include houses in County Sligo for compensation regarding pyrite defects in their property.”

Mr. Kilfeather noted that it had been the Minister for Housing who had brought in the relevant Scheme in 2018.  This had specifically referred to homes in Mayo and Donegal and went back to representations that were made in 2012 or 2013.  

It was agreed to request that Sligo be included in the Scheme.



Councillor Casserly requested that, as there was legislation being moved on this matter, this item would be deferred to the September Meeting Agenda:

“To write to Minister Stanton to address the serious issue of online gambling. Given the major societal issues coming from gambling particularly the ease of access through mobile phone and online platforms to gambling 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, that credit cards be banned for use for online gambling accounts. And that this motion be shared with all other local authorities in the country.”



Councillor Queenan said that items 12, 13 and 16 had been dealt with by way of written reports.  They did not require further discussion at this time and he asked that they be withdrawn.

Item 12:

“Sadly there will not be a national Tidy Towns Competition this year.  However, I propose that we still allocate funding to all Tidy Towns groups in the county.”


Item 13:

Can the Director of Services confirm that the Roads Programme that was passed at the March meeting remains in place and that every effort will be made to have it completed this year.”



Item 16:

“To ask the Director of Services for Planning to outline the process regarding if someone informs Planning Enforcement Section of a development which has been constructed without planning permission.”



At the request of Councillor Clarke this item was deferred to the October Meeting Agenda to coincide with the report referred to by Mr. Moylan, Senior Planner, under item 7.

“To call on Sligo County Council to provide an update on the review of the County Development Plan.”



The Cathaoirleach consented to a request from Councillor Casserly to defer this item to the September Meeting Agenda:

“Re:  Sligo County Council’s Disability, Inclusion & Access Strategy 2019-2022

That Sligo County Council give an up to date report outlining:

  • The Annual Work Programme proposed by the Council under the Strategy (which was adopted on the 10 May 2019).
  • The specific actions in the Strategy which are proposed to be implemented by the Council in 2020.
  • The amount of funding provided by the Council for the year 2020 to carry out the specific actions which have been identified and proposed to be carried out in 2020.
  • Details of the membership and staff names of the Council’s Internal Access Team established under the 2019-2022 Strategy who are to work on the Strategy.
  • The percentage of each Council team members’ time which is expected to be devoted to this team work and for which funding has been provided by the Council in 2020.”


As both items 17 and 27 related to a new Garda Síochána Headquarters in Sligo, the Cathaoirleach took both items at this time.


Following a discussion on the current situation with working conditions in Sligo Garda Station it was

Proposed by Councillor T. Walsh
Seconded by Councillor R. O’Grady


“That Sligo County Council request an urgent review of the retrograde step not to progress with the planned build of a new Garda Headquarters in Sligo at acquired lands in Caltragh as announced in 2015 and included in the Department of Justice Capital Plan 2015-2021.

That we, members of Sligo County Council (cross-party delegation) request a meeting with Garda management to discuss Sligo Garda Station.

That this motion be relayed to the Minister for Justice, the Garda Commissioner, the Chief Superintendent for Sligo and Leitrim and to all Oireachtas Members and M.E.P.s representing this area and that we request a response on the same.

That this motion be copied to all party leaders and formed groupings in the 33rd Dáil.”

Councillor Casserly asked that, as a new Minister was now in place, that she could add the name of the Justice Minister to the motion. It was then

Proposed by Councillor M. Casserly
Seconded by Councillor T. MacSharry


“That this Council invite the Garda Commissioner Drew Harris and Justice Minister Helen McEntee to Sligo to explain why the decision was made to refurbish the existing Garda Station as opposed to building a new station on the site that was purchased specifically for this purpose. 

A brief of requirements for Sligo station has been carried out which include some future provisions. The question is can that brief of requirements fit into the existing station site?

How can anyone say it will be cheaper because no site assessment has been conducted. No plans have been drawn up hence they are not costed. It will require a full mechanical, engineering and plumbing refit and also be required to meet environmental and new public building standards- has this been costed or even examined?

Given the level of civilian personnel as support staff required under the civilianisation programmes how many staff are to be housed there. Has this assessment occurred? 

What plans have been put in place for parking facilities as there is no space there at present?”



Councillor Clarke set out his reasons for proposing a Civic Reception for those involved in the production of the ‘Normal People’ T.V. Programme.

Several Members present were fully supportive of the proposal and noted the worldwide coverage this programme had given to County Sligo.  

The Cathaoirleach said he concurred with all the points made by the Members and complimented Councillor Clarke for bringing the motion forward.  It was hoped that this Reception would be hosted during his Term as Cathaoirleach. 

The Chief Executive added that, for the last number of years, Sligo County Council had taken ads in a publication called the ‘Spirit of Ireland’ which boosted tourism numbers in the county.  It was intended to take a number of pages in that magazine for 2021.  Sligo had been offered the front cover due to the programme.  This Reception would certainly be supported from both a County Council and Sligo Tourism point of view.

Proposed by Councillor M. Clarke
Seconded by Councillor D. Gilroy


Given that Sligo County Council recognises the importance of the film industry in the north west and in its promotion, I call on this Council and the incoming Cathaoirleach and Members to offer a Civic Reception to the Directors Lenny Abrahamson, Hettie Macdonald, the Actors Daisy Edgar-Jones, Pascal Mescal and the Writers Sally Rooney and Alice Birch of Normal People, filmed partly in Tubbercurry which primarily made up the fictional town of Carricklea, with Streedagh Point along Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way used for beach scenes.”



Proposed by Councillor M. Clarke
Seconded by Councillor D. Gilroy


“A huge proportion of the lands in Ireland have no registered rights of way. In the most recent book of Mr. Peter Bland SC on the area it appears there is an anomaly in the legislation regarding the registration of rights of way in The Property Registration.

At the moment you may assert a right of way by prescription in that the right of way has been used as of a right , without permission , without secrecy and without consideration for in excess of 12 years in an application form but you must declare that the right is not a right of way of necessity for them to be able to consider the application. This obviously precludes most applications.

I call on Sligo County Council to write to the Minister for Agriculture and the Minister for Justice to amend the legislation to permit the Property Registration Authority to include rights of way by necessity in their remit which are surely the simplest to adjudicate from map inspections and should be kept away from costly court proceedings in order to free up the courts or to set up an Independent adjudicator to deal with these matters quickly.”

Councillors Clarke and Gilroy informed the Meeting of disputes and difficulties which had arisen due to the non registration of rights of way.  Councillor Clarke referred to a request by Councillor Bree that these would also be recorded in the County Development Plan.

Councillor Clarke asked that the contents of the resolution would also be circulated to all other local authorities.

In response to the point made by Councillor Clarke, Councillor Bree referred to his past request to have rights of way included in the County Development Plan and, in the latest edition, a number of those had been included.



Councillor Taylor asked that this item would be deferred to the September Meeting Agenda:

“To ask Sligo County Council to support Government Office Hubs in Ballymote and Tubbercurry and other locations in our rural towns and villages. To also assist Civil Service to work remotely within their own communities and to support the staff with their family commitments while promoting a work life balance.”



As Councillor Baker was not present at the Meeting, this item was deferred to the September Meeting Agenda:

“That Sligo County Council investigates the establishment of Community Home settings in rural areas.”




Councillor Gilroy referred to items 61, 62 and 63 on the June Agenda as follows:


“That Sligo County Council when carrying out road overlays or resurfacing in 2020 and future years ensure that the full width of the carriageway to the adjacent boundary walls are completed and that the contractors do not just surface a line down the centre of the road. Country roads have varying widths and the entire width of the road should be covered at all locations.

This has become a major issue, especially with walkers, cyclists and parents with buggies not being able to use roadways in a safe manner as there is a step down to the old surface along the edge of the roads and is also a cause of unnecessary water run-off into private property that is below the new road surface.”

In noting the content of the report received, i.e. that the Roads Department would consider the issues raised in the context of standard road construction details that are used in the carrying out of the Annual Road works programme, Councillor Gilroy asked that this would be examined further.



“That Sligo County Council begin the process as soon as possible to revert the 80 kph speed limits on the N15 that were changed from 60 kph speed limits back to the previous speed limits as the changes made have had the unplanned result of putting the lives of people living on the edge of villages at risk and increasing the number of serious accidents.”

Councillor Gilroy asked that these speed limits would be restored to 60 kilometres per hour




“That Sligo County Council Bans the use at official and unofficial

Bathing places and sale of  at any location within the county of inflatable dinghies and all dangerous inflatable products, and that the Council write to the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government to seek a nationwide Ban on these dangerous products before more young lives are lost.

These products have consistently warned of the dangers of these products and have been described by Irish Water Safety as “Floating Killers”.

Councillor Gilroy set out the problems arising from the use of these products and said he felt a ban could be included in the Council’s bye-laws.  However, the report had indicated that legal advice was that to bring in a Bye-Law prohibiting the sale of inflatable products in the County would be problematic. 

He further requested that this resolution would be circulated to all local authorities.



Councillors Mullaney and Connolly indicated that they had also received written reports to their motions and their items did not require further discussion at this time.




Councillor Taylor said that he had received a report from Ms. Clarke in relation to this item:

“To ask Sligo County Council to create a pilot project of a Community Project Co-ordinator in the Ballymote/Tubbercurry, Dromore West Municipal area to assist all voluntary organisations with procurement and project management while ensuring correct governance and legislative requirements are adhered to.”

He wished to compliment the staff of the Community and Enterprise Director and Ms. D. Clarke, their Director of Services.  They assisted Community Groups and Volunteers in the Community with funding applications.  The procurement process was particularly gruelling and, often, it was the same people that carried out this work on each grant application.  He felt that the creation of the Community Project Co-ordinator post was still important and asked that it would be looked at again.

Ms. Clarke confirmed that her offices would love to be in the position to make that service, function and assistance available to communities throughout the county.  The Council’s own staff resources were at the pin of their collar to do the best they could.  They were aware that the application process now required knowledge of procurement, H.R. etc.  Unfortunately, Sligo County Council did not have the luxury of being able to afford that resource.  It would have to be made available to all communities throughout the county.  This was probably a national issue as the standards required from community groups were quite significant. Ms. Clarke confirmed that her offices would continue to assist those groups in any way they could, however, their resources were limited.  The people helping also had a programme of work to do themselves.  If national funding was put in place for this specific purpose, she could confirm that it would be needed.  



Councillor Taylor referred to a further item he had listed on the June Agenda:

“To call on the Government to provide further funding for Class 2/Class 3 roads and L.I.S. schemes in 2020 to encourage local economic activity and improve the overall well-being of local residents in Co. Sligo.”

He wished to compliment Director of Services, Tom Kilfeather and his staff but said that there was still quite a distance to go.  It was more important now than ever to provide funding for rural and regional roads.  So many people were now using these roads to exercise locally due to Covid-19.



Proposed by Councillor T. Healy
Seconded by Councillor T Walsh


“To call on Sligo County Council to address the concerns of residents that live on the R292 that runs from Ballydrehid Bridge to Ransboro regarding the ongoing concerns with speed on this stretch of road.”

Mr. Kilfeather reported that following on from representations made to Sligo County Council in 2018, a vehicle actuated speed sign was erected on this section of the R292. It should be noted that the enforcement of speed limits is an issue for An Garda Síochána. Drivers must take responsibility to drive at a safe speed appropriate to the particular road and surrounding environment while not exceeding the posted speed limit. Sligo County Council shall inform An Garda Síochána of ongoing concerns of residents, as should the residents themselves.

Councillor Gilroy added his support to the motion and said he had also been contacted in relation to difficulty with sightlines at the Breeogue corner.



Proposed by Councillor T. Healy
Seconded by Councillor G. O’Boyle


“To call on Sligo County Council to write to the Minister for Transport to address the ongoing issue of concerns for pupils with concessionary and non-concessionary tickets who use school transport.”



Proposed by Councillor T. Walsh
Seconded by Councillor M. Casserly


“To call on Sligo County Council to seek funding for a Festivals and Events Co-ordinator to facilitate the delivery of a planned and coordinated event and festival series for the county of Sligo.”

Councillor Walsh outlined the importance of this role for the county and referred to Sligo Events such as the Comedy Festival, Wild Roots Festival, Ballygawley Festival, Spanish Armada and Benbulben Festival.   Also, a number of Events were being planned at Lissadell House.  There was no joined up thinking in organising these Events.  At minimum, he was seeking that a plan would be put in place and appoint a single point of contact. 

In supporting the motion, Councillor Casserly said there was enough work for at least one person.  She was asking for the appointment of either a Food Tourism Officer or Tourism Officer to include Food Tourism and Regional Festival Co-ordinator.  The application process for grant assistance was putting a lot of people off and it was daunting for them.  The position of a Tourism Officer would pay for itself and they could promote Sligo as well.  Food Tourism is such a huge part and while staffing was an issue, she felt it would be so worthwhile.

Ms. Clarke provided the Members with a detailed report in response to this motion.  It was noted that Sligo County Council were in the process of putting in place a Festivals and Events Strategy for Sligo as part of the actions proposed in the County Sligo Tourism Strategy 2018-2023.  It was further pointed out in the report that all avenues of external funding would be investigated to assist with engaging a Festival and Event Co-ordinator for the county once that Strategy was adopted.

The Chief Executive confirmed that there was no difference between the Executive and Members on the issue. 

In relation to the Cultural Plaza in Stephen Street car park, an officer would also be involved in the promotion, operation and management of events to take place in that car park as part of their overall role.  That would be an additional attraction for people to come into Sligo.  The Chief Executive said he did think there was joined up thinking and that was the only point he would take issue with.  The issue now was to get resources to recruit.

Councillor Walsh, in reply, said he welcomed the reports of the Director of Services and Chief Executive.  He said he was aware of the Strategy and it would be important that there would be a role at the time when the Strategy was coming into place.  During the Budget last year, there had been a number of new roles and he saw this as a main priority going forward as it would pay for itself ten times over.  In noting the reference to the Stephen Street Plaza, Councillor Walsh said this role would have to cover the county as a whole.  At present, if anyone wanted to run a Festival they were not aware of who the first point of contact should be, i.e. should they approach Sligo Leader, Sligo County Council, etc.  Events were being lost due to a lack of support.

In response to a further contribution from Councillor Walsh, the Chief Executive confirmed that the matter was being approached from a wider county perspective.



At 12.10 p.m., Leas Cathaoirleach Councillor Gilroy took the Chair.



Proposed by Councillor G. O’Boyle
Seconded by Councillor T. Healy


“To ask that Sligo County Council resurface Chapel Road in Cliffoney.”

A section of this road is included in the 2019 – 2021 Multi Annual Road Restoration Improvement Programme, Mr. Kilfeather informed the Meeting.


As items 26 and 30 both related to the temporary Covid-19 Mobility Plan, both motions were taken at this time.


At the outset of the discussion, Councillor MacSharry referred to the concerns of businesses in the Castle Street/Grattan Street area. 

Proposed by Councillor T. MacSharry
Seconded by Councillor D. Bree


"That Sligo County Council immediately engage with the members of the "Castle Street and Grattan Street Retailers" to discuss the serious justified concerns relating to the Temporary COVID Mobility Plan"

Councillor Bree referred to the wording of his motion and sought clarification regarding consultations with business owners and he was anxious to know if the concerns of the Traders would be taken on board.

Proposed by Councillor D. Bree
Seconded by Councillor T. MacSharry


“Noting that councillors were circulated with a memo on the 11th of June stating that the Council in consultation with Sligo BID and other various stakeholders had prepared a Temporary COVID-19 Mobility Plan which was to be implemented in Sligo town from the 15th June; and further noting that on the 19th of June councillors were circulated with documentation from traders in Castle Street and Grattan Street indicating all of the traders (with the exception of one in Castle Street) were opposed to the Plan, and further indicating that 85% of them were not consulted about the Plan, with 15% claiming that they were told of the Plan after the decision had been made to implement it; this meeting therefore requests the Council management to provide a report indicating the specific traders in Castle Street and Grattan Street who were consulted by Council staff in advance of the Mobility Plan being issued to councillors on the 11th of June; and further the meeting requests an up to date report on the Mobility Plan.”



At 12.20 p.m. the Cathaoirleach resumed the Chair.



Councillors Fox, Mullaney and Gibbons added their support to the motions and asked for a report on the matter.

In relation to item number 26 as listed by Councillor MacSharry, Mr. Kilfeather reported as follows:

Sligo County Council met with the Castle Street and Grattan Street Retailers on Friday last, 3rd July, 2020.

We will be implementing some changes to the Mobility Plan as agreed at the meeting and we have also agreed to make ourselves available in 3 months time to for a further meeting.

In response to Item 30 as listed by Councillor Bree, the Director of Services reported that

In line with Government Public Health advice, all Local Authorities were encouraged to develop Mobility Plans as an immediate response to the Covid-19 pandemic to address immediate public health concerns over social distancing.

Representations were made through Sligo Public Participation Network where immediate action was called for to provide improved pedestrian and cycling facilities. Suggested measures included the temporary reallocation of existing road space i.e. footpath widening, to accommodate safe social distancing especially where queuing occurs outside of retail businesses and other services.

Representations were also made by Sligo Cycling Campaign calling for action to be taken to provide more space for walking, cycling as an immediate response to the Covid 19 restrictions.

Enabling safe pedestrian movement in Sligo Town Centre was a particular challenge as many of the footpaths within the Town Centre are not wide enough to enable social distancing to occur in accordance with Government guidelines. Where paths are too narrow to enable social distancing, people may be compelled to step out onto and proceed along the vehicular carriageway. This presents further safety concerns, particularly on busier streets and as traffic volumes increase, pedestrians are likely to come into conflict with vehicular traffic and cyclists.

In consultation with Sligo BID, NTA, An Garda Síochána, vulnerable road users, other stakeholders and giving consideration to feedback received from business owners a Mobility Plan was prepared as an immediate response to provide a safe environment for pedestrians and address immediate concerns over social distancing. The document is a living document and has since been improved following representations from various stakeholders.

The Mobility Plan was designed in accordance with NTA guidance and in line with other similar measures implemented in other town and cities throughout the Country. The Mobility Plan complies with the current DMURS “Interim Advice Note-COVID-19 Response”.

Councillors O’Grady, Fox, Casserly and Gilroy noted the contents of the report.  They welcomed that a positive meeting had taken place in recent days as they had received a number of representations from businesses in the area. 

Councillor Casserly also referred to the installation of new ‘Click and Collect’ parking spaces near Taheny’s and wanted to make people aware of those spaces which were free of charge and available for a 20 minute slot.  It was important that a positive message went out from the Meeting and she asked that it would be noted that, within 750 metres of the Lady Erin Statue, there were 3,868 car parking spaces available, excluding the Supermarket car parks.

In reply to the points raised by several Members, the Chief Executive said this was about the common good.  As the Director of Services had stated, this was a living document and changes had been implemented quite quickly as a result of a response that was necessary and required by various different interest groups.  The Executive had got some very positive feedback in relation to the measures introduced and, particularly, in relation to the ‘Click and Collect’ spaces that had been provided.  There had also been some negative responses.  As referred to by Mr. Kilfeather, there had been a very positive meeting and some changes were being made to address those issues.

The Chief Executive said he had to highlight that there were blockages in Castle Street prior to Covid-19.  He had seen public transport held up, prior to Covid, because of illegal parking and driving behaviour that was unacceptable.  He did not accept that the measures put in place as a result of Covid-19 as a result of requirements of the Mobility Plan and National Government were having the impact that had been outlined.

In relation to parking spaces, no shop or retail outlet could expect to have a parking space outside their door and nobody could expect to go and park outside the door of a shop.  This was not going to impact on the trade of that particular outlet.  As had been referred to by Councillor Casserly, there were ample car parking spaces in Sligo.  If anyone travelled to Dublin or any major urban centre, they had to park up and walk to their destination. 

In referring further to comments made by some of the Members, the Chief Executive said people should not be encouraged to go to other urban centres and he felt it would be irresponsible to have those comments stand at the meeting.

A reference had been made under item 8 to the ‘Tables and Chairs licence’ waiver.  In this regard, the first phase of O’Connell Street Enhancement was due to be completed at the end of the week.  As part of those works, the footpaths had been widened and that might provide an opportunity for businesses along that street to provide tables and chairs to cater for outdoor dining.  This would facilitate those premises in the current trading climate.  The Executive did not want additional conflict between those wishing to have a meal outside in the fine weather and the traffic.  There had to be compromise and it was necessary to be measured in terms of a response.  This was a living plan and the County Council would adapt it, as necessary.  It was not expected that it would be right the first time but he did not think there should be a knee jerk reaction either.  Any adaptations would be done in consultation with Traders on whatever street it referred to. 

It was also necessary to take a step back as the country was in a very different environment at this time given the Pandemic and the situation people found themselves in.  The issue in terms of retail was to encourage people to be able to move around freely in an urban area.  If cars choke up every street and parking space, it does not facilitate free movement. 

A suggestion had been made that one way walking would be introduced on either side of the streets.  The Chief Executive said he did not subscribe to this idea as it would mean people crossing the street at multiple locations.

As someone who used Castle Street and Grattan Street on a daily basis, the Chief Executive said traffic was far freer flowing now than when cars had been parked with abandon.

Councillor Walsh wished to commend the staff for the speed of the turnaround to carry out the works.  Some business owners had informed him that trade was up over 20% on pre-Covid levels and he also wished to get the message out to the public that Sligo was open for business.

Councillor MacSharry strongly disagreed with the previous comments. He said that some businesses could not wait for three months to have further discussions.  By that time, some businesses would either be closed or have been adversely affected.  He sought a commitment that the business owners would be consulted with daily or weekly. 

Councillor Bree said he had met with a lot of those people and they were extremely angry so he welcomed that there had been a positive meeting. 

In response to the various points made, Mr. Kilfeather, Director of Services, confirmed that a three month timeframe had been requested by the Traders.  Contact details for the Urban Area Senior Executive Engineer had been provided at the meeting.  The Traders had been informed that they could contact him at any time.  Details of extended times for loading bays were also confirmed.  Also, the Traders had been informed that if a delivery could not be arranged within those times, that could also be facilitated. 

The Traders had also asked that the availability of the ‘Click and Collect’ spaces would be promoted.  This would facilitate people to collect an item and get away again.  The promotion of the spaces was being looked at in terms of the Council’s social media.  The possibility of other opportunities to install further ‘Click and Collect’ spaces was being examined.  This had been agreed and work was being done to get those in place as quickly as possible. 

In taking the points raised by Councillors, Mr. Kilfeather said there appeared to be a difference on both sides regarding the level of consultation.  As had been referred to at the June Meeting, this was not how the County Council normally did their business but it had to be done on this occasion.  The plan was fluid, as he had indicated previously, and it was subject to change.  This had also been made clear to the Traders. 

Regarding the second phase of the Mobility Plan, works on O’Connell Street were due to finish at the end of the week.  The street would be closed between 11.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.  Having regard to the lessons learned in the first phase, consultations were taking place with the Traders at that time.  Nationally things were changing quickly e.g. the initial phase 5 had been brought forward to phase 3.  Further changes would be required and at the positive meeting a few days earlier, both sides had a clearer idea of the issues.



Proposed by Councillor M. Casserly
Seconded by Councillor T. Fox


“That repair works takes place on the walkway down to the Second Beach at Rosses Point as soon as possible.”

Repair works are planned to take place in early Autumn.  In the meantime, although one side of the access path is cordoned off, safe access to the beach is being maintained, Mr. Kilfeather informed the Meeting.



Proposed by Councillor T. Healy
Seconded by Councillor T. Walsh


“To call on Sligo County Council to write to Irish Water to carry out the necessary action to stop sewerage from the local treatment plant in Ballintogher from spilling out into a local garden as has happened on a number of occasions now.”

The response from Irish Water was read to the Meeting by Mr. Kilfeather:

We have been advised that this issue occurred as a result of very heavy thunder showers on Monday evening and this blocked the pumps and inlet screens to the plant.

A jetting contractor was dispatched to site immediately when we were informed of this issue and they cleared the blockage and the fitter cleared the pumps.

We have also been informed that the caretaker and the technician in charge of the plant have been in contact with the effected customers. The Local Wastewater Department have also advised that they will find a resolution to this issue and hopefully prevent any further reoccurrence of the problem.



Proposed by Councillor D. Mulvey
Seconded by Councillor T. Walsh


“I call on Sligo County Council to write to our Taoiseach and COMREG to call on all mobile phone and broadband service providers to open their representative lines which exist for TDs to local elected Councillors.”

Councillors Gilroy, Fox, Healy, Casserly and Taylor added their support to this motion and noted the difficulties people had encountered during the recent Covid-19 lockdown.  In particular, when a vulnerable person did not have a telephone line, their panic alarms were also not functioning.  This was of concern to a number of people.

Councillor Taylor also referred to his having listed a motion regarding broadband which would be dealt with under item 34.

In supporting the motion, Councillor Bree said that some Councillors had referred to the conduit available for Members with Irish Water.  Irish Water was a State operation whereas Eir was a private company.  The resolution referred to the Taoiseach but it was a matter solely for Eir, not the Oireachtas. 



Proposed by Councillor D. Bree
Seconded by Councillor R. O’Grady


“Noting the increased level of vehicular and pedestrian traffic using the Second Sea Road, and further noting the need for additional public lighting, and the lack of a continuous footpath linking Aylesbury Park with the local Bus Stop and the main Sligo/Strandhill Road; this meeting requests the Roads Department to investigate the matter and to prepare and bring forward proposals for adequate lighting and footpath/s on the road.”

Mr. Kilfeather reported that Sligo County Council will include this section of footpath for consideration in future footpath enhancement programmes.  The provision of a footpath will require land acquisition.



Councillor Taylor asked that it would be noted that he intended this motion to refer to “Local” Contractors.

Proposed by Councillor P. Taylor
Seconded by Councillor G. Mullaney


“To ask Sligo County Council to review criteria for local contractors who are trying to compete in the procurement process.  During these unprecedented times we have a responsibility to our local communities and business, local companies are exempt from competing in the current procurement process due to unfair criteria. This must be immediately rectified to ensure our local communities can grow and prosper. Sligo County Council must now act to ensure the current criteria is reviewed and changed.”

Ms. Whelan, Head of Finance, reported to the meeting as follows:

All procurement activities conducted by Sligo Co Council are subject to Public Procurement rules.  

There are two type of criteria used in the majority of procurement competitions:

  1. Firstly Selection Criteria to determine the suitability of the Tenderer to carry out a contract, e.g. Tax clearance, Insurance, Relevant Experience, and for works contracts most importantly, Health & Safety; and
  2. Secondly Award Criteria to identify the most economically advantageous tender.  Sometimes this might simply be lowest cost but depending on the nature of the contract, certain quality criteria may also be applied.

Once a tender opportunity has been advertised it is open to any supplier to register an interest in the competition and to submit queries about the procedure or any of the Selection / Award Criteria listed in the tender documents.  

Selection Criteria used in tender documents are fairly standard tests, and the nature and value of a contract will usually determine the thresholds for passing this part of the assessment.  There is limited scope for Contracting Authorities to change these criteria and the way they are applied.

Award Criteria must be linked to the subject-matter of the contract being tendered.

Contracting Authorities must have regard to the rules defined by the regulations and to relevant guidance documents when devising award criteria for procurements.  

The Contracting Authority cannot have an unrestricted freedom of choice about to whom a contract is to be awarded.  

Award Criteria must be designed for the express purpose of identifying the most economically advantageous tender.

The assessment of Selection Criteria and the evaluation of Award Criteria must abide by the principles of Equal Treatment, Transparency, Non-discrimination and Mutual Recognition.

All participants in a procurement process are provided with written notification of the outcome and details of scoring is provided where award criteria other than Lowest Cost, was used to determine the award of contract.  Unsuccessful tenderers may challenge the outcome of a tender evaluation process, if they so wish.  Tenderers are also entitled to an opportunity for a post tender briefing with the contracting authority, where any shortcomings or weaknesses of an unsuccessful tender submission can be advised.

Several Councillors expressed their concerns that local contractors were not in a position to avail of work locally.  In acknowledging the contents of the report, Councillor Taylor thanked the Head of Finance and said he was aware that it was E.U. and national legislation that was in place. 

In reply to a question from Councillor Gilroy regarding Contractors from Northern Ireland, the Head of Finance said it was whoever was funding the project provided the rules. 

Mr. Gavin added that the Procurement rules that applied at international level included countries that were not in the E.U.  Therefore, no matter what happened in respect of the U.K., they would be in a position to compete.

Councillor Taylor thanked the Members for their support and emphasised that he was not saying that Sligo County Council did not want local Contractors to carry out the work.  He reiterated that it was European and National legislation. 



Proposed by Councillor P. Taylor
Seconded by Councillor D. Gilroy


“To ask Sligo County Council, to request an urgent update from the Department of Communications, in relation to the roll out of the next phase of Broadband. Covid19 has had a significant impact on our Rural communities, with many people now working from home. The next roll out of Broadband requires urgent attention.”

The Head of Finance informed the Meeting that ‘National Broadband Ireland’ is working on the Broadband Plan and is keen to attend a Council Meeting and provide the Members with a Presentation.

The Cathaoirleach confirmed that this should be arranged as soon as possible. 

The Chief Executive informed the Meeting that it was expected that the Digital Strategy would be brought before the Members at the September Meeting.  There were some initiatives contained in that Strategy.  He asked if the Members were agreeable to the Presentation taking place on the same day.  This was agreed by the Members.



Proposed by Councillor T. Walsh
Seconded by Councillor T. Healy


“To ask Sligo County Council to consider taking in charge Ríocht Na Sí estate in Ballygawley village.

That Sligo County Council provide update on their communications with the developer.

That Sligo County Council provide details of the issue/s to be resolved with regards lighting and the waste water treatment facility to the residents.”

Ms. Clarke reported that Sligo County Council would consider the taking in charge of Riocht na Si.  However, under the Memorandum of Understanding between Irish Water and Sligo County Council, it was Irish Water’s position that they would not take in charge any Developer provided infrastructure such as Wastewater Treatment Plants.  Riocht na Si was serviced by a Developer provided wastewater treatment plant.

There had been regular communication between Sligo County Council and the Developer in relation to the ongoing maintenance and repair of the on-site wastewater treatment system and the public lights in the estate.

The Staff in the Planning Enforcement Section were willing to meet with the Residents to discuss the outstanding issues and the potential for taking the estate in charge.

Councillor Walsh referred to the Residents of the 17 properties affected and said they would be sending a letter asking for the Bond to be drawn down to finish the estate to a standard that would allow Sligo County Council to take it over.

In response to a question from Councillor Bree, Ms. Clarke informed the meeting that the issue was in relation to the Council’s ability to take it over because of the agreement with Irish Water regarding Developer provided infrastructure.

In concluding the discussion on his motion, Councillor Walsh said that the Developer had a Company coming in to assess the wastewater treatment plant and was still engaged to an extent.  A €110,000 Bond was in place and this was what it had been put in place for.  Residents were frustrated and were seeking a conclusion to the matter.



Proposed by Councillor A. Gibbons
Seconded by Councillor T. Healy


“That Sligo County Council Roads Department carry out a survey and secure funding to upgrade the Footpath and section of roads to a satisfactory standard in Cartron Heights, Old Cartron and Cartron Point.”

Mr. Kilfeather informed the Meeting that footpath repairs in Cartron Point were included in this year’s Footpath Enhancement Programme.  Old Cartron and Cartron Heights would be included for consideration in future footpath enhancement programmes.



Proposed by Councillor A. Gibbons
Seconded by Councillor R. O’Grady


“That Sligo County Council remove the old disused fenced Compound at the Green area adjacent to Maugheraboy estate and plans be put in place to make it a public park amenity for the residents of Maugheraboy and the people of the surrounding area.”

Mr. Kilfeather reported that it is noted that this is an area in need of attention.  Sligo County Council’s Parks and Housing Departments will be seeking funding options to support the redevelopment of this area, and will liaise with the local community on a plan to meet local needs.



Proposed by Councillor A. Gibbons
Seconded by Councillor T. Healy


“In the interest of Road Safety, that Sligo County Council would put into place a regular cleaning of debris and maintenance of the Cycle lanes from Sligo-Strandhill and Sligo- Rosses Point roads.”

Councillors Casserly and MacSharry confirmed that this matter had been raised by them each year and that works were carried out, resources permitting.

Mr. Kilfeather agreed that cycle ways were being maintained by Sligo County Council.  However, regular maintenance was subject to ongoing adequate resources.



Proposed by Councillor T. Walsh
Seconded by Councillor M. Casserly


“To ask Sligo County Council to ensure there is a continuous footpath from Carraroe Centre to Community facility at Cuilbeg (R287).

To ask Sligo County Council to consider recommending this project to the Department for Town and Village Renewal funding in 2020.”

Mr. Kilfeather reported to the Meeting that Sligo County Council will endeavour to provide a footpath from Carraroe to Cuilbeg over the coming years. This is subject to funding availability and the co-operation of landowners along the route where land dedication is required.

In relation to Town and Village Renewal Funding, Ms. Clarke referred to the 2020 Scheme which had been announced by the Department at the end of May.  The closing date for Expressions of Interest from local communities to the County Council was 30th July.  The applications would then be assessed and prioritised in accordance with the criteria. A maximum number of six applications could be submitted to the Department by the closing date of 28th August. 

In order to ensure that the amount of funding was maximised under the Scheme, it had always been the practice to submit applications that most met the criteria for the Scheme.



Proposed by Councillor G. Mullaney
Seconded by Councillor D. Mulvey


“To call on the Director of Services for Infrastructure to provide traffic calming signage on Road No L1905.”

Mr. Kilfeather informed the Members that this is a Local Primary road. Sligo County Council will look at the section of road and consider what signage is required.



Proposed by Councillor G. Mullaney
Seconded by Councillor T. Fox


“To call on the Minister for Housing to provide the necessary financial assistance to Sligo County Council to build rural houses where a family can provide the necessary land with water and ESB services.”

Mr. Gavin, Director of Services reported that the Department has supported the Council in the past where funding was sought for the construction of rural houses. One such rural house at Croagh, Dromore West was recently approved for construction by the Members at their May Meeting.

The Councils capacity to construct a rural house is constrained to a degree due to a number of factors including

  • Scarce resources- All staff are currently working on projects that will deliver multiple units. Some of these are currently behind schedule.
  • Very resource intensive
  • Costs of provision of a rural dwelling will exceed the costs of the acquisition of a similar type house and very often  by a very considerable amount.
  • The Costs of provision do not met in full  the staff costs involved

There may be occasions, where the only option in order to provide for a housing need, will be the provision of a rural house on family lands. These would be generally for those applicants with a dependency for living in the local area, have local supports, be from a farming background, and where their housing need cannot be adequately met in a local town/village.

The intending applicant must be at the top of the housing list, with the proposed development meeting all planning, environmental, servicing and other requirements.

It would not be the policy of the Council to build a rural house on a site that an applicant would acquire for that purpose.

Councillor Mullaney thanked the Director of Services for the report and said that the Applicant in question met all the above criteria.

Councillor Clarke confirmed that two houses had been constructed in West Sligo in this way.  He supported the motion as he said this was keeping people in rural Sligo.



Proposed by Councillor G. Mullaney
Seconded by Councillor D. Gilroy


“To call on Sligo County Council to provide charging points for electric cars in light of the Programme for Government’s plan to ban new registrations of petrol and diesel cars from 2030.”

Councillor Gilroy asked for a show of hands on this motion to highlight the number of Members who had left the Meeting.

Following a discussion, the Cathaoirleach referred to a decision taken to work through lunch and not take a break and that some Members had been taking a break at that time.

Mr. Kilfeather reported that Staff are currently looking at submitting an application to the SEAI Electric Vehicle Public Charge Point Grant which is currently available to Local Authorities.  Suitable locations for the first phase are being considered and we are continuing to work with ESB, SEAI and the other partners within the Sligo SEC to identify areas where EV charge points could be best located.  Work is also ongoing in relation to a Corporate Energy Policy (See SCC Climate Adaptation Strategy Action P14) and the provision of adequate infrastructure for the charging of EVs will form an important part of this.

Councillor Mullaney thanked the Director of Services for the report and said his main concern was that the infrastructure would be spread equitably across the county. 



Proposed by Councillor D. Mulvey
Seconded by Councillor P. Taylor


“I call on Sligo County Council to fit traffic calming measures and pedestrian crossing on road 443 in Cloonacool village in interest of safety and to slow traffic.”

Mr. Kilfeather reported that due to the limited footfall in Cloonacool village the installation of a pedestrian crossing is not warranted at this time. The current speed limit within the village is 50km/hr and any issue regarding the non-adherence to this limit or other anti social behaviour should be communicated to An Garda Síochána for their investigation / review.  



Proposed by Councillor T. MacSharry
Seconded by Councillor G. O’Boyle


"That Sligo County Council executive provide members with an update on Sligo's Green Fort Project as the Forthill Men's Group Arts and History Society have concerns regarding the progress of this project" 

Ms. Clarke reported that Sligo County Council had adopted the Green Fort Conservation Plan in December 2017.  The development of the Conservation Plan was led by the Heritage Office and set out a series of policies and actions to safeguard the National Monument.  The Forthill Men’s Group Art and History Society had been centrally involved in the development of the conservation plan and represented on the Technical Working Group.

It was acknowledged that progress had been slow in implementing the Green Fort Conservation Plan, which was reflective of the limited resources available to Sligo County Council within the Heritage and Parks Sections.  In recognition of this, a Project Implementation Plan was prepared by the Heritage Office in October 2019 for consideration by the Senior Management Team.  This remained under consideration and was subject to resources.

In further discussion, the Members were informed of the Executives’ desire to interpret the story of Forthill, which is an important part of Sligo’s history.  A frustration was expressed on behalf of the Executive that the significant resources required for such a project was not available but that efforts would continue in that regard.  A commitment was also given to revert to the Forthill Men’s Group regarding funding to clear some of the vegetation on the site and that a further meeting would be held with the group.

This commitment was welcomed by the Members.



Proposed by Councillor T. MacSharry
Seconded by Councillor G. O’Boyle


"That Sligo County Council consider the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan Implemented & Coordinated by the National Biodiversity Data Centre for parts of Sligo's urban areas that do not conflict with farming or road user safety issues"

Ms. Clarke reported that the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan, developed by the National Biodiversity Data Centre, embraced a sectoral approach to support action for pollinators.  Local Authorities are a key partner and a Council Framework had been developed within which the Local Authorities could take action and engage with the plan. 

It was proposed that the Heritage Officer would issue a tender for the preparation of a Pollinator Plan for Sligo County Council which allowed for whole of Council consultation on key actions that the organisation and its partners could take for pollinators across County Sligo.  This was due to be completed by December 2020 for further consideration and adoption by the Members.



Proposed by Councillor D. Bree
Seconded by Councillor T. Healy


“That the meeting be provided with an updated report regarding the provision of mooring facilities at Inishmurray Island.”

With Councillor Bree having set out the background and the difficulties caused by this issue, Councillors Healy, O’Grady, Gilroy and Fox added their support.  Mr. Kilfeather then reported as follows:

Sligo County Council have applied under the F.L.A.G. (Fisheries Local Action Group) Programme promoted by Bord Iascaigh Mhara for funding for

  1. The carrying out of initial land and sea bed level surveys; and
  2. Design of access facility most probably steps rather than  mooring facilities) to Innishmurray.

The Programme is funded through the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund Scheme and it assists coastal communities in several areas including the development and enhancement of marine tourism projects.

The submission was made at the end of February and Funding announcement was due in May / June originally. Unfortunately, there has been a hold up because of Covid-19 restrictions on application process. We anticipate a Funding announcement in respect of the Programme towards end of this month.

The National Monuments Service (OPW) was also engaged with and was supportive of our proposed study but have no funding available.

The FLAG funding is the best available funding source at present.

In further discussion, the Members were advised that a survey was required to determine a schedule of minor works and prepare a detailed design in order to access funding for the scheme is if became available.

Councillor Casserly wished to acknowledge the work carried out by Val Baynes of Sligo County Council.  Also, the meeting that had taken place in 2019 with Department Officials, Keith Clarke (Boat Owner) and herself to try and move this on.  She also looked forward to funding being made available for the safety improvement works at the island.  Councillor Casserly also noted that the island was not closed to boat owners.  It was just closed for boats where the owner was charging people for trips to the island.



As Councillor Clarke was not present at this time, the Cathaoirleach deferred consideration of this item to the September Ordinary Meeting Agenda:

“To call on Sligo County Council to acknowledge the contribution to the county of Sligo of two former Ministers, Shane Ross and Michael Ring, for their service to the State.”



Proposed by Councillor T. Fox
Seconded by Councillor M. Casserly


I call on Sligo County Council for the following roads to be included in the Roads Maintenance Programme

Traffic calming measures on:

  • Calry Road R278
  • Hazelwood Road R286
  • Loughanelton L3409.”

Mr. Kilfeather informed the Meeting that Sligo County Council will investigate the locations referred and include for consideration in future road works programmes.



Proposed by Councillor T. Fox
Seconded by Councillor T. Healy


I call on Sligo County Council for an update on Calry Cemetery works.”

Mr. Kilfeather, Director of Services, confirmed that works would be completed in Quarter 3 of this year.



Proposed by Councillor M. Casserly
Seconded by Councillor T. Healy


“To call on the relevant Departments in Government to support our fishermen and seafarers who have lost seasonal earnings as a result of the Covid pandemic in particular to provide assistance such as the Restart Grant that fishermen were unable to apply for as they did not meet the specific criteria set out, e.g. they are not rate payers. With the country reopening and Fáilte Ireland concentrating on promoting staycations and holidaying in Ireland it is now more important than ever to support this vital industry.”



Proposed by Councillor D. Gilroy
Seconded by Councillor D. Mulvey


“That Sligo County Council write to Carolan Lennon Chief Executive of Eir to request that in light of the difficulties encountered by so many key workers working from home during the pandemic that EIR works with Sligo County Council to develop:

  1. A method be put in place where a priority number for Councillors to make representations about maintenance issues for Constituents who may for some reason not be in a position to make such representations themselves. A simple procedure to avoid any GDPR Infringement and allow representations on behalf of Eir Customers without having access to account or payment history of the customer.
  2. A method to gain connection to fibre or high speed Broadband when it is available within a reasonable distance of a home or business and that a quotation can be provided for the additional cost of bringing the service from the current end of the line to the home or business.”



Proposed by Councillor D. Gilroy
Seconded by Councillor


“That Sligo County Council report on what progress if any has been made with TII for the installation of Footpaths to connect Grange Village with the Pharmacy and the site of the New Primary Care Centre due to start later this year.”

Mr. Kilfeather informed the Meeting that Sligo County Council has engaged with TII to improve safety for pedestrians in Grange Village under the HD17 funding stream (Road Safety Inspections).  It is expected that safety improvements will include provision of footpaths at specific locations. A detailed survey of grange village is being completed and thereafter a detailed design for safety features including footpaths and pedestrian crossings etc shall be prepared. Feasibility reports and funding applications shall be submitted to TII thereafter.



Proposed by Councillor D. Gilroy
Seconded by Councillor T. Healy


“That Sligo County Council make representations to Irish Water following the order to prevent bathers exposure to possible pollution and protect public health issued on June 28th by Sligo County Council.

That Irish Water look at a possibility of diverting heavy rainfall away from the Waste Water Treatment Plants and directly to either a holding tank or directly into a water course where it will get away rapidly during periods of Weather Warnings for Rainfall

Although not ideal this system would be preferable to the current situation where it is added to the waste water system which is not capable of dealing with such an influx of water and could lead to untreated water (Possibly Contaminated) entering Bathing and Amenity Waters.”

The Director of Services, Mr. Kilfeather, informed the Meeting that the motion had been referred to Irish Water and a reply was awaited. Their response would be circulated to the Members when received.

Councillor O’Boyle extended his thanks to the Council staff for works carried out over previous days, in difficult conditions, to keep drains open.



Proposed by Councillor G. Mullaney
Seconded by Councillor T. Walsh


“That a vote of sympathy be extended to P. J. Healy of Ballyfarnon, Boyle on the death of his wife, Josephine.”

Proposed by Councillor M. Connolly
Seconded by Councillor T. Fox


“That a vote of sympathy be extended to Dolores McManus of Doocastle, Ballymote on the death of her husband, Harold.”

Proposed by Councillor M. Connolly  
Seconded by Councillor T. Fox


“That a vote of sympathy be extended to Phil Brennan of Moylough, Tubbercurry on the death of her father, James (Jimmy) Gavaghan.”

Proposed by Councillor D. Gilroy
Seconded by Councillor R. O’Grady


“That a vote of sympathy be extended to Maureen Foley of Carns, Moneygold, Grange on the death of her husband, Patsy.”

Proposed by Councillor D. Gilroy
Seconded by Councillor R. O’Grady


“That a vote of sympathy be extended to Elizabeth Feeney of Ardnaglass Lower, Grange on the death of her mother, Mai Sheerin.”

Proposed by Councillor D. Gilroy
Seconded by Councillor R. O’Grady


“That a vote of sympathy be extended to Greta Feighney of Munninane, Grange on the death of her mother, Mai Sheerin.”

Proposed by Councillor D. Gilroy
Seconded by Councillor R. O’Grady


“That a vote of sympathy be extended to Pauline Keaney of Drumacrin Road, Bundoran on the death of her father, Gerry Moohan.”

Proposed by Councillor D. Mulvey
Seconded by Councillor J. Queenan


“That a vote of sympathy be extended to Tommy Joe Galvin of Carrigans Upper, Ballymote on the death of his wife, Peggy.”

Proposed by Councillor D. Mulvey
Seconded by Councillor J. Queenan


“That a vote of sympathy be extended to Peggy Walsh of Keenaghan, Ballymote on the death of her brother, Michael Hannon.”

Proposed by Councillor T. Walsh
Seconded by Councillor T. Fox


“That a vote of sympathy be extended to Sinéad and Dwayne Kelly of Drumkeeran on the death of Sinéad’s father, Christopher Gilhooly.”

Proposed by Councillor T. Walsh
Seconded by Councillor G. Mullaney


“That a vote of sympathy be extended to Noeleen Casserly and family of Ballygawley on the death of her sister, Mary Flynn.”

Proposed by Councillor T. Walsh
Seconded by Councillor G. Mullaney


“That a vote of sympathy be extended to Martina Walsh of Killery, Ballintogher on the death of her sister, Mary.”

Proposed by Councillor T. Walsh
Seconded by Councillor G. Mullaney


“That a vote of sympathy be extended to Vincent Walsh of Killery, Ballintogher on the death of his sister, Mary.”

Proposed by Councillor T. Walsh
Seconded by Councillor G. Mullaney


“That a vote of sympathy be extended to Hugh and Colette Walsh of Tawnagh, Riverstown on the death of Hugh’s sister, Mary.”

Proposed by Councillor T. Fox
Seconded by Councillor T. Walsh


“That a vote of sympathy be extended to Noeleen McGoldrick of Loughanelton, Calry on the death of her sister, Margaret Gilroy.”



Proposed by Councillor T. Healy
Seconded by Councillor D. Gilroy


“That a vote of thanks be extended to Chief Medical Officer in the Department of Health, Dr. Tony Holohan for the work carried out during the Covid-19 Pandemic and to extend the Council’s best wishes to Dr. Holohan and his family.”

Proposed by Councillor D. Mulvey
Seconded by Councillor R. O’Grady

“That a vote of congratulations to Dónal Tinney and Michelle Brennan of Sligo County Library for the online commemorations marking

  1. The Centenary of the Connaught Rangers Mutiny in India on 28th June, 1920 and
  2. Frank Carty escape from Sligo Gaol.”



It was noted that Conferences/Training had been suspended by Organisers at this time.



The Members noted the Summary of Proceedings of Conferences attended in accordance with Section 142 (5) (f) of the Local Government Act, 2001.



The Members agreed to note items of correspondence as received and circulated with the agenda.



No matter was raised under this heading. 



No matter was raised under this heading. 



The business of the meeting concluded at 3.05 p.m.


Meeting Date 06/07/2020