Minutes of Killybegs Community Council 12th June 2013

Minutes of Killybegs Community Council  12th June 2013 

All agreed that diamond is looking well after power washing, membrane and bark put on shrub area, and seating to be painted. Thanks due to Fás and volunteers for all their help. Cleaning continues on Wed evenings

Letter re parking fees: A letter was read from P Thomas stating parking fees were not being introduced for time being. Thanks to all who wrote in objecting to this.

Tourism College: A meeting, consisting Community Council members and other interested people was had with Sean Duffy and Paul Hannigan and Henry McGarvey re Tourism College. The LYIT Principal said that HEA make the final decision re the future of the college.
One concerned resident had collected 3250 signatures at that time for the retention of college.   Another member rang Ian McGarvey on same issue and he said he proposed to all councillors to try and prevent it closing. Also letters sent re closure were not read at Board of Governors meeting. Meeting decided to send a delegation to Board of Governors meeting on 20th June, to speak to members on way in and to lobby local politicians etc in meantime.
Ruari Quinn told Deputy Pringle he would look favourably on its retention. It was felt a directive would need to come from Min Education to keep college open. There are 3 new courses could be coming on stream this Sept. – B of Science Hons in Culinary Arts and Food Technology.
Fáilte Ireland hope to have new course coming on stream, BIM hoping to have one on fishing and seafood, also talks with a UK Co to have course on renewable energy. Co Manager is also pushing to retain it. It was decided to have another meeting dealing solely with the T College on following Fri at 8 oc. Politicians should be reminded about next election regarding Tourism College.

Planters – Gardaí informed a member that some boys knocked down one of planters, and were fined.

Flag Scheme – Information received from Dep McGinley re funding

Play space: A member has phoned on a daily basis for 8 wks in relation to securing funding etc which was okayed last year. 

Tuas workers - 2 Tuas workers applied for, hopefully we will get one.

Clean-ups – A member commented on the great work done around town by members.

Signage: With industrial road now open, several members pointed out signs which need to be moved and a request to be put to B McLaughlin to come to Killybegs one day a week.

Clean Coasts – An application sent to Clean Coasts for grant for purchase of dog bins

Boat Park: The chairperson was congratulated by all in being instrumental in securing the Boat Park which will be done in 4 phases.

Fintra old School – A member asked about repairs to doors and windows at Fintra old school. This to be followed up.

Tourism Forum – It was suggested that it was possibly too late now to start this up as businesses and B and B guesthouse owners need to come on board.

Curragh and Honda races – Organisers of these events were complimented on success of these events.

Cruise ships – very positive emails were posted on Killybegs on Line complimenting staff of Tourist Info Centre on the organising of trips etc while their cruise ship was broken down. They thoroughly enjoyed their stay and many intend returning.

Continuation of meeting on LYIT Fri 14th June

A member said we need to make LYIT aware that that numbers have increased in Killybegs Tourism College every year since 2007

Minister for Ed said he would look favourably on it. being retained

Plan of action – lobby politicians, Principal of College etc., contact priests to include item in bulletins, get articles in local newspapers and delegation to see members of Board of Governors prior to their meeting. Also to lobby VEC to get someone in Killybegs to replace Mary Ann Kane deceased on Board of Governors














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