Council Meeting Report 05th March 2011
The The Bush Hotel – Carrick on Shannon
The President, Paul Garland, welcomed all the
delegates to the meeting, in particular the delegates from the newly formed
Power Boat Branch. In his opening address Paul asked the meeting to stand
to observe a minutes silence in remembrance of past members and friends.
The meeting was attended by over 45 members.
The Minutes of the last Council meeting were proposed for adoption by Greg
Whelan and seconded by Thomas Meegan.
3) Matters Arising
There were no matters arising.
Items of correspondence were dealt with under the relevant agenda item
Treasurer John Corrigan reported the following financial balances;
Balance at Bank €67,000.00
Creditors € 4,500.00
accounts prepared for circulation at the AGM were distributed to the
delegates a copy of which is filed with these minutes and available on
6) On line Accounts and Membership Package.
Dave McCabe made a presentation on behalf of Noel Griffin on the development
of a concept for a Membership and Finance Package for the Association. The
basic idea is that Branch Treasurers will be able to post income and
expenditure items and maintain branch records, the National Treasurer will
be able to use the data to process Association accounts and that individual
members will be able to access relevant information, pay membership
subscriptions and order and pay for items from the Shop. The entire project
is in the development stage and a more complete model will be demonstrated
at a later date.
The Membership Secretary Jeane Kennedy Reported that paid up memberships was
now in the region of 1300 .
8) Dunrovin/Carrick on
In introducing a presentation by Kevin Clabby on the proposed developments
at Dunrovin President Paul Garland indicated that the Association was not
in a position to progress with developments in both Carrick on Shannon and
Dunrovin and that however unfortunate it may be, he felt that it was best
to put a hold on the Carrick on Shannon proposal for as long as possible and
to proceed with the Dunrovin project.
In his presentation Kevin explained how the Land and Buildings had been left
to the Association by the Rice family, and how the Athlone Branch had
managed the property over the years. He detailed the decision process that
had led to the Branch asking the Executive to take over the project and the
establishment of a joint development committee between the Athlone Branch
and the Executive.
The Committee appointed Architect Frank Murray to design a suitable building
for the site being sensitive to the desires of the Rice Family and the
Association. Plans are now in place and will be on display at the AGM. Kevin
stressed that the project should be seen as a National Head Quarters not a
Following the Presentation there were some contributions from the floor.
Martin Donnelly stressed that the association must be careful in moving
forward and take notice of Zoning Implications, Eu Regulations, and
Planning. He pointed out that as it is a SAC an EIS may be necessary, and
that pre consultation should be considered with Local Authorities, Park and
Water access, and the building of a small jetty was questioned. Dave McCabe
introduced the possibility of the R.N.L.I. being interested in using part of
the site for its service on Lough Ree, this delegates felt could be good for
the project and R.N.L.I. involvement could only assist with the planning
Answering a question from Claire Jordan Dave McCabe said that it was hoped
to go for planning after the AGM and that ground should be broken within 2
years. He also confirmed that a suitable area with air conditioning was
included for the storage of archive material.
Following a question on security and maintenance Kevin Clabby assured the
meeting that the Athlone Branch would not be found wanting in maintaining
the development after its completion.
9) Personal Dignity Policy.
Paul Garland thanked Brenda Ainsworth for the work she had done in preparing
this policy document.
A sub committee of Donal O’Siochain, Patricia Darby, and Kathleen Cross
were appointed to work with Brenda in finalising this report.
A list of nominations of those proposed for election as Directors at the
forthcoming AGM was presented to the members.
Colin Becker informed the meeting that a new
IWAI tie was now available
Mike Kingston (Lough Erne) questioned the
expense of the Shannon Rally. President Paul Garland explained that as it
was its 50th Anniversary the Rally Committee had sought and
received the support of the two Branches involved and the Executive to cover
the extra expenditure expected
The possibility of an Overseas Branch and
multi Branch Membership was discussed
Derry L. Smyth