One of my questions at Tuesday (15th Nov) MD meeting, ‘Can the council provide an update re: the exercise of its oversight function in relation to the Riverbank Arts Centre (as per terms and conditions of funding) since informed of governance and compliance issues addressing specifically in the update: the lower than mandated number of directors on the Board; the lack of diversity on the Board; the failure to cap the length of time of directors on the Board; the lack of transparency around Board member selection; the lack of transparency around the reporting mechanism between the Board and the council; the conflicting reports provided by the Arts Centre Chairperson and the council’s Director of Community re: the role of the county librarian in relation to the Arts Centre; the failure of the council to respond to queries re: whether conflicts of interests were declared in relation to the project design and/or in relation to any other project or job allocations?
Report Issued by: Ms S. Kavanagh, Director of Service, Economic, Community and Cultural, ‘The council is satisfied with the responses provided by the Board of Management of the Riverbank Arts Centre. The responses were also circulated to the Kildare-Newbridge Municipal District members on the 1 of August 2017. The councillor has asked on a number of occasions about the role of the County Librarian and why I invited the County Librarian to attend the Kildare-Newbridge Municipal District meeting; I answered the question in my email to the members of 1 of August 2017. In relation to the charge that there has been a “failure of the council to respond to queries regarding whether conflicts of interest were declared” ; this charge is absolutely refuted. The question was answered by the Board of Management in their response to the members (my email of 1 August 2017 refers).