Strategic Policy Committee Scheme 2019 – 2024 (SPCs)

Waterford City & County Council operates 5 Strategic Policy Committees (SPCs), each served by the relevant Director of Service. The Chairs of the SPCs are selected by the Council at the AGM. The SPCs are sub-committees of Waterford City and Council and must abide by the Standing Orders and rules of procedure of the Council.

The quorum for a meeting is one-fourth of the total number of members of the SPC plus one or, where one-fourth of such total number is not a whole number; the quorum is the next highest whole number plus one. Of this number there should be 3 elected members present. If the Chair is unable to attend, his/her place shall be taken by another elected member of the SPC.

Following consultation with the Public Participation Network(PPN) and National Pillars, and taking on board the stated preferences of the elected members, (in so far as is possible), the following format for the SPCs was approved by the members of Waterford City and County Council at the September 2019 Meeting.

Each Strategic Policy Committee shall meet as often as required, and at least four times a year, to deal with the business assigned to it. Five days clear notice will be given for meetings of the SPC and where possible there will be an agreed schedule for meetings.

The Community and Voluntary, Social Inclusion and Environmental representatives will be nominated by the Waterford Public Participation Network, subject to the endorsement of the environment reps by the National Environmental Pillar. Sectoral groups are to be requested to submit nominations within 4 weeks.

Where an SPC member misses 3 consecutive meetings the nominating body will be requested to nominate a replacement. A warning will be issued by the relevant Director following a member not attending 2 consecutive meetings without reason.

The dates, times and locations of the SPC meetings are matters for each individual SPC to determine. The Plenary Mayor is an ex-officio member of each of the SPCs and may attend any such meeting at his/her discretion.

Training will be provided for SPC members. The operation of all SPCs will be carried out as outlined in Circular LG 07/2014 on the ‘Establishment of New Strategic Policy Committees (SPCs)’.

Economic Development and Enterprise SPC - Chair: Cllr. Lola O'Sullivan
Michael Quinn - Director of Services

Name Sector
Cllr. Lola Sullivan (Chair) Local Government
Cllr. Ger Barron Local Government
Cllr. Declan Clune Local Government
Cllr. Eddie Mulligan Local Government
Cllr. Pat Nugent Local Government
Cllr. Mary Roche Local Government
Cllr. Pat Fitzgerald Local Government
Cllr. Conor D. McGuinness Local Government
David Walsh Business
David Lane Trade Union
Kevin Kiersey Farming
Jen Harris Environment
Garrett Wyse Social Inclusion
Gerty Murphy Community & Voluntary

Environment, Biodiversity and Climate Action SPC - Chair: Cllr. Pat Fitzgerald
Fergus Galvin - Director of Services
Name Sector
Cllr. Pat Fitzgerald (Chair) Local Government
Cllr. Jim Griffin Local Government
Cllr. Susan Gallagher Local Government
Cllr. Ger Barron Local Government
Cllr. Damien Geoghegan Local Government
Cllr. Breda Brennan Local Government
Cllr. Joe Kelly Local Government
Cllr. John Hearne Local Government
Tom Hogan Trade Union
Laura O’Brien Forbes Farming
Alan Walshe Environment
Obianuju Ekedozie Social Inclusion
Bríd O’Heir Community & Voluntary

Transportation Infrastructure SPC - Chair: Cllr. Seamus O'Donnell
Fergus Galvin - Director of Services
Name Sector
Cllr. Seamus O'Donnell (Chair) Local Government
Cllr. Joe Conway Local Government
Cllr. Joe Kelly Local Government
Cllr. John O'Leary Local Government
Cllr. Jody Power Local Government
Cllr. Declan Doocey Local Government
Cllr. Jim Griffin Local Government
Thomas Holden Development/Construction  (CIF)
Marian Walsh Business/Commercial
Elaine Mullan Environment
Farid Ahmad Mohamman Social Inclusion
Jim Farnan Community and Voluntary

Housing, Community, Culture, Fire, Sport & Recreation SPC - Chair: Cllr. Adam Wyse
Ivan Grimes - Director of Services
Name Sector
Cllr. Adam Wyse (Chair) Local Government
Cllr. Donal Barry Local Government
Cllr. Breda Brennan Local Government
Cllr. Conor D. McGuinness Local Government
Cllr. Damien Geoghegan Local Government
Cllr. Jason Murphy Local Government
Cllr. John Pratt Local Government
Cllr. Séamus Ryan Local Government
Richie McDonald Development/Construction (CIF)
Rosemary Kennedy Community and Voluntary
Vince Rellis Social Inclusion
Una Dunphy Trade Union
Mike Farrell Environment

Planning SPC - Chair: Cllr. Thomas Phelan
Michael Quinn - Director of Services
Name Sector
Cllr. Thomas Phelan (Chair) Local Government
Cllr. Liam Brazil Local Government
Cllr. Tom Cronin Local Government
Cllr. Davy Daniels Local Government
Cllr. Thomas Phelan Local Government
Cllr. Seánie Power Local Government
Cllr. Eamon Quinlan Local Government
Cllr. Frank Quinlan Local Government
Cllr. James Tobin Local Government
Sean Carey Development/Construction (CIF)
John Galloway Environment
John Heffernan Farming
Niall Harrington Business
Mary O'Halloran Community and Voluntary
Donal Lehane Social Inclusion

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