Local councillors have established a new ‘Municipal Advisory Committee’ to consider and advise on issues such as tourism, commerce, heritage, and other important matters.
The incumbent Mayor of Kilkenny will chair the group, which is to meet four times a year. At the November meeting of the Municipal District of Kilkenny City, five councillors were nominated to sit on the comittee: Malcolm Noonan (Green), Joe Malone (FF), Paddy McKee (FF), Pat O’ Neill (FG) and David Fitzgerald (FG). Cllr McGuinness (FF) is a member as a result of his mayoralty.
Representatives from various other sectors, notably the business community, will be appointed to the committee also.
There had been some disagreement about the formation of the group from the time the new council took office. A number of pre-existing committees, such as the St Mary’s Church Conservation and Restoration Committee and the City Walls Steering Committee, are no longer in operation due to the abolition of the parent local authority, Kilkenny Borough Council.
At the first annual meeting of the Municipal District of Kilkenny City in June, a number of Fine Gael and Fianna Fail councillors voted to reconstitute these former committees under the auspices of the new Municipal Advisory Committee.
Cllr Malcolm Noonan put forward a motion asking that the St Mary’s Committee be re-established as a separate committee. He received votes of support from Cllrs Kennedy, Funchion, and Gardiner, but the motion was defeated by the two majority parties, with the exception of Cllr Paddy McKee (FF), who abstained from the vote.