Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2012/2013

Date: 18 October 2012

Venue: Room 21, Parliament Buildings

The meeting opened in closed session at 10.35am.

Agreed: The Committee agreed to hold DCAL’s briefing on the progress of the delivery of UK City of Culture 2013 in closed session.

1. Culture Company briefing on progress of delivery of UK City of Culture 2013

The following officials joined the meeting at 10.38am:

Chief Executive, Ms Shona McCarthy; and

Director of Operations, Ms Aine Gallagher.

The officials briefed the Committee.

Mrs Karen McKevitt joined the meeting at 10.48am.

A question and answer session followed.

Mr Michael McGimpsey joined the meeting at 11.08am.

Mr William Irwin left the meeting at 11.33am.

Mr William Irwin rejoined the meeting at 11.42am.

Mr Robin Swann joined the meeting at 11.45am.

The officials left the meeting at 11.46am.

2. DCAL briefing on progress of delivering UK City of Culture 2013

The following officials joined the meeting at 11.47am:

Director of Culture, Mr Arthur Scott; and

Head of Arts Branch, Ms Joanna McConway.

The officials briefed the Committee.

Mr Oliver McMullan left the meeting at 11.48am.

Mr Michael McGimpsey left the meeting at 11.50am.

A question and answer session followed.

Mr William Irwin left the meeting at 12noon.

Mr Dominic Bradley left the meeting at 12.15pm.

Mr Dominic Bradley rejoined the meeting at 12.20pm.

The officials left the meeting at 12.21pm.

Agreed: The Committee agreed` that a letter should be drafted to the Minister regarding the delivery of UK City of Culture 2013 project and circulated to Members early next week for agreement.  

3. Correspondence

The Committee noted correspondence from the Department regarding legal ownership of title.

The Committee moved into open session at 12.23pm.

4. Apologies

The apologies are noted above.

5. Draft Minutes of Meetings held on 11 October 2012

The Committee agreed the draft minutes of 11 October 2012.

6. Matters Arising         

Agreed: The Committee agreed to request that Sport NI attend the Departmental briefing on Amateur Boxing on 15 November 2012 to discuss issues raised by Sandy Row Amateur Boxing Club.

Mrs Karen McKevitt left the Committee meeting at 12.25pm.

The Committee noted correspondence from both Sport NI and Cricket Ireland regarding their meeting on the development of cricket.

The Committee noted: the Hansard Report from the briefing on the consultation on draft strategies for the Irish Language and Ulster Scots Language, Heritage and Culture; and that a briefing would be sought with Department Officials on the analysis of the consultation responses once completed.

7. Equality Standard in Sport

The Committee noted the correspondence from eight governing bodies relating to the Equality Standard of Sport.

8. Briefing from Disability Sports NI

The following officials joined the meeting at 12.28pm:

Chairperson, Ms Angela Hendra MBE; and

Director, Mr Kevin O’Neill.

The officials briefed the Committee.

A question and answer session followed.

Mr Michael McGimpsey rejoined the meeting at 12.46pm.

Mr William Humphrey left the meeting at 12.46pm.

Mr William Humphrey rejoined the meeting at 12.48pm.

Mr Cathal Ó hOisín left the meeting at 12.58pm.

Mr Cathal Ó hOisín rejoined the meeting at 1.00pm.

Mr William Humphrey left the meeting at 1.07pm.

The officials left the meeting at 1.10pm.

Agreed: The Committee agreed to write to the following organisations: Department of Health; Department of Education; Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure; NILGA; IFA; GAA; and Ulster Rugby, including a copy of Disability Sport NI’s briefing paper. 

9. Correspondence

The Committee noted correspondence from the Committee for Finance and Personnel enclosing DFP correspondence on Financial Forecasting.

The Committee noted the Northern Ireland Museums Council Annual Report and Financial Statements 2011-12, which was laid on 9 October 2012.

Agreed: The Committee agreed to visit All Saints Boxing Club.

10. Chairperson’s Business

The Committee noted correspondence from Ulster Rugby, thanking the Committee for its support following the Spence family tragedy.

Agreed: The Committee agreed not to cover overnight costs associated with the launch of the UK City of Culture 2013.  

11. Forward Work Programme

Agreed: The Committee agreed the changes to the Forward Work Programme.

Agreed: The Committee agreed to start the meeting of 25 October 2012 at 10am.

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 25th October at 10.00am in Room 21, Parliament Buildings.

The Chairperson adjourned the meeting at 1.18pm.

Miss Michelle McIlveen MLA
Chairperson, Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure
18 October 2012

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