My final question at Tuesday (15th Nov) MD meeting, ‘Can the council provide an update on the review of the Twinning structure and function within the council as it relates to Twinning in the district including: the legal status of two new town Twinning arrangements agreed this year, contrary to legislation expressly prohibiting councillors from agreeing new town Twinning without first providing a costing for the proposed arrangement; details of the expenses allocated to municipal district councillors to travel with municipal district town Twinning groups since 2014 ; who has signed off on public representatives Twinning expenses each year since 2014; what if any protocol or criteria were to be met by a councillor before travelling and/or drawing down expenses; how councillors have been selected to travel on municipal district town Twinning trips?
Here is the report issued by : Ms A. Scanlon, Administrative Officer, Community & Culture
Question 1: Can the council provide an update on the review of the Twinning structure and function with the council as it relates to twinning in the district.
Response: A draft policy is being developed and has yet to be agreed by the protocol committee a review will form part of this.
Question 2 : The legal status of two new town twinning arrangements agreed this year?
Response: There has only being one new twinning in 2017 which was agreed by the members at
the Kildare-Newbridge Municipal District meeting in January 2017.
The other 4 questions will be dealt with as part of the review.