Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2012/2013

Date: Thursday, 21 February 2013

Venue: The Performance Space, Lisburn Library

The meeting opened at 10.37am.

1. Apologies

The apologies are noted above.

2. Draft Minutes of the Meeting held on 14 February 2013

The Committee agreed the draft minutes of 14 February 2013.

3. Matters Arising

The Committee noted the correspondence tracker.

Agreed: The Committee agreed to forward Libraries NI's response regarding the redevelopment of the former Erne Hospital site to the Committee for Employment and Learning.

Agreed: The Committee agreed to include information from Sport NI regarding its 'Coaching the Whole Child' Workshop as part of its investigation into gaps in child protection and safeguarding across the culture, arts and leisure remit.

The Committee noted correspondence from the Belfast Visitor and Convention Bureau regarding registration fees for accommodation providers for the World Police and Fire Games.

Agreed: The Committee agreed to clarify all fees incurred by accommodation providers.

Mrs Karen McKevitt joined the meeting at 10.44am.

The Committee noted tabled correspondence from the Minister and her Press Release announcing The King's Hall as the venue for the WPFG opening ceremony.

4. Briefing from Libraries NI on the Analysis of Responses from the Mobile Library Service Strategy Consultation

The following officials joined the meeting at 10.47am:

Chairperson, Mr Nigel Macartney;
Chief Executive, Ms Irene Knox; and
Director of Library Services, Ms Helen Osborn.

The officials briefed the Committee.

A question and answer session followed.

Mr William Humphrey left the meeting at 11.25am.

Mr Dominic Bradley left the meeting at 11.27am.

Mr William Humphrey rejoined the meeting at 11.30am.

Mr Dominic Bradley rejoined the meeting at 11.33am.

The officials left the meeting at 11.41am.

Mrs Karen McKevitt left the meeting at 11.41am.

5. Briefing from Libraries NI on the Committee's Investigation into Gaps in Child Protection and Safeguarding across the Culture, Arts and Leisure Remit

The following officials joined the meeting at 11.41am:

Chief Executive, Ms Irene Knox;
Director of Library Services, Ms Helen Osborn; and
Assistant Director, Ms Trisha Ward.
The officials briefed the Committee.

A question and answer session followed.

Mr Cathal Ó hOisín left the meeting at 12.12pm.

Mr Cathal Ó hOisín rejoined the meeting at 12.19pm.

Mr David Hilditch left the meeting at 12.19pm.

The officials left the meeting at 12.19pm.

Mr Oliver McMullan left the meeting at 12.19pm.

6. Briefing from Foras na Gaeilge on the Committee's Investigation into Gaps in Child Protection and Safeguarding across the Culture, Arts and Leisure Remit

The following officials joined the meeting at 12.20pm:

Chief Executive, Mr Ferdie Mac an Fhailigh; and
Director of Development Services, Mr Éamonn Ó hArgáin.

The officials briefed the Committee.

A question and answer session followed.

Mr Oliver McMullan rejoined the meeting at 12.29pm.

Mr David Hilditch rejoined the meeting at 12.29pm.

Ms Rosaleen McCorley left the meeting at 12.35pm.

Mr William Irwin left the meeting at 12.40pm

Ms Rosaleen McCorley rejoined the meeting at 12.40pm.

The briefing ended at 12.41pm and officials remained in the meeting.

7. Briefing from Foras na Gaeilge regarding the closure of Gaelscéal

The session started at 12.41pm with the following officials present:

Chief Executive, Mr Ferdie Mac an Fhailigh; and
Director of Development Services, Mr Éamonn Ó hArgáin.

The officials briefed the Committee.

Mr William Irwin returned to the meeting at 12.47pm.
A question and answer session followed.

Ms Rosaleen McCorley left the meeting at 1.02pm.

Agreed: Officials agreed to provide to the Committee sales figures for Lá Nua.

Ms Rosaleen McCorley rejoined the meeting at 1.09pm.

Ms Rosaleen McCorley left the meeting at 1.12pm.

Mr Oliver McMullan left the meeting at 1.14pm.

Agreed: Officials agreed to provide: details on future proposals for an Irish Language Newspaper; sales figures for online sales of Gaelscéal; and an update on the New Funding Model.

Officials left the meeting at 1.20pm.

8. Committee Response to the Executive's draft European Priorities Paper

Agreed: The Committee agreed its response on the Northern Ireland Executive's draft European Priorities paper for the Committee for OFMDFM.

9. Correspondence

The Committee noted correspondence from DCAL regarding Actual Outturn to January 2013 and Forecast Outturn from February 2013 to March 2013.

The Committee noted the invite from the OFMDFM Committee and NI Assembly and Business Trust to an event with the Minister of State for European Affairs on the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

The Committee noted the tabled Written Ministerial Statement on proposals to suspend Commercial Eel Fishing in Europe; and agreed to return to this at a later date.

The Committee noted a tabled Explanatory Memorandum on a European Union Document regarding the Evaluation of the 2011 European Capitals of Culture.

The Committee noted Momentum's Manifesto for 2013.

10. Chairperson's Business

The Committee noted the invitation tracker.

The Committee noted the invitation to the Future Classrooms conference at the Titanic Building on Friday 1st March.

11. Forward Work Programme

The Committee noted the Forward Work Programme.

12. Any Other Business

There was no other business.

13. Date and Time of Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure will take place on Thursday 28th February 2013, Parliament Buildings.

The Committee adjourned at 1.25pm.

Miss Michelle McIlveen MLA
Chairperson, Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure
28 February 2013

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