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Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of the Shannon Municipal District June 2023

Location:  Held in the Boardroom of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Bunratty, Co. Clare.

On:      Tuesday 29th June 2023

Time:  2.00pm



Councillors Michael Begley (Cathaoirleach), Donna McGettigan (Leas-Cathaoirleach), PJ Ryan, Gerard Flynn, John Crowe, Pat McMahon and Pat O’Gorman.


Siobhan McNulty A/Director of Service, Anne Griffin A/ Senior Executive Officer (Meetings Administrator) and Patricia O’Neill Staff Officer.


Item no. 1: Election of Cathaoirleach for the next 12 months

The outgoing Cathaoirleach, Cllr. Michael Begley opened the meeting and welcomed all present.  Cllr Begley remarked that it was fitting for the AGM to take place in Bunratty Castle & Folk Park following the recent transfer of Shannon Heritage and associated Clare tourism sites from Shannon Airport Group to Clare County Council.

Cllr. Begley thanked his fellow Councillors and the staff of the Shannon MD for their help and support in fulfilling his role over the last 12 months.  He reflected on the projects that were completed and progressed during his tenure as Cathaoirleach of the Shannon MD including the Springfield Flood Defence Scheme, which is expected to be completed in August of this year, the Town & Village Renewal Schemes for Clonlara, Drumgeely and Bunratty that are progressing.  Cllr. Begley also acknowledged the works that have been carried out on the Shannon Town & Environs Flood Defence Scheme, Sixmilebridge Town Masterplan and expressed optimism that the One Shannon Hub would advance with the signing of contracts.   

On a County wide level, Cllr. Begley referenced the takeover of the tourism assets in the County from Shannon Airport Group and the signing of contracts for a survey and assessment of all the sites.  The new route from Shannon to Paris which is due to commence in September is perfectly timed with the commencement of the Rugby World Cup and Irelands participation in same, is expected to generate a significant volume of passengers through Shannon Airport.   

Nominations for Cathaoirleach were invited.  On the proposal of Cllr. PJ Ryan, seconded by Cllr. Gerard Flynn, Cllr Donna McGettigan was unanimously elected as Cathaoirleach.  Cllr. Donna McGettigan then took the chair for the remainder of the meeting, having been handed the chain of office by Cllr. Michael Begley.

Cllr. Donna McGettigan thanked the Members for nominating her as Cathaoirleach and looked forward to the year ahead working with her fellow Councillors and staff of the MD to achieve project delivery.  Cllr. McGettigan paid tribute to her late colleague Cllr. Mike McKee and thanked her party for selecting her and affording her the opportunity to take the council seat vacated following the death of Cllr. Mike McKee.  Her key priorities for the coming year include the One Shannon Hub, Active Travel projects, Town & Village Renewal projects and Sixmilebridge Town Masterplan. 


Item no. 2: Election of Leas Cathaoirleach for the next 12 months

The Cathaoirleach invited nominations for the election of Leas Cathaoirleach.  On the proposal of Cllr. Gerard Flynn, seconded by Cllr. PJ Ryan, Cllr. John Crowe was unanimously elected as Leas Cathaoirleach.

Item no. 3: Approval of payment of allowances to the Cathaoirleach

The payment of allowances to the Cathaoirleach for the term was proposed by Cllr.  Gerard Flynn and seconded by Cllr. John Crowe and agreed by all.

Item no. 4: Draft Schedule of Meetings for the next 12 months.

  • Tuesday 18th July 2023 at 9:45am
  • Tuesday 19th September 2023 at 9:45am
  • Tuesday 21st November 2023 at 9:45am
  • Tuesday 16th January 2024 at 9:45am
  • Tuesday 19th March 2024 at 9:45am
  • Tuesday 21st May 2024 at 9:45am

Proposed by Cllr. Gerard Flynn, seconded by Cllr. John Crowe. 

Item no. 5: AOB

The date and time for the next Shannon MD Meeting was agreed for Tuesday 18th July at 9.45am and this was agreed by all. 


The meeting then concluded.


Signed:                                                            Signed:                                                           

                Cathaoirleach                                                         Meetings Administrator





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