Westmeath County Council holds a variety of public meetings in its role as a forum for public representatives. These meetings are convened by your elected councillors/public representatives.
Types of Meeting held by the Council
The following meetings are held during the year:
- Monthly meetings
- Annual meeting
- Budget meeting
- Area Committee meetings
- Strategic Policy Committee meetings
Note: This list does not include meetings held in support of the Council’s general administrative role, e.g. daily operational meetings.
The monthly meetings provide a general forum where your elected representatives discuss issues relevant to the well-being of the county.
The monthly meetings take place in County Buildings at 3.00pm on the last Monday of every month.
Meeting Agendas and Minutes can be viewed online Council Meeting Agendas and Minutes
Westmeath County Council is legally obliged to hold an annual meeting. Between 2005 and 2008, this meeting is being held on the last Monday of June each year.
Westmeath County Council is legally obliged to hold an annual budget meeting. The annual budget is debated and agreed on during this meeting. This meeting is held in late November or early December (within a period prescribed by the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government).
Area Committee meetings are convened by the elected representatives of each of the 4 administrative areas of Westmeath County Council (shown below).
The purpose is to provide a forum for discussing issues that are only relevant to each of these local areas.
The 4 administrative areas of Westmeath County Council are:
- Mullingar Area
- Athlone Area
- Castlepollard Area
- Kilbeggan Area
The purpose of these meetings is to prepare and debate policy alternatives for the operational areas of Westmeath County Council. Strategic Policy Committees meet approximately every second month.
The SPC’s also provide the framework for people working with representative bodies in local areas to bring the particular knowledge and expertise of their own sector and integrate it where appropriate, in broad local strategy.
There are four SPC’s in Westmeath:
- Economic Development and Planning
- Transportation and Infrastructure
- Housing, Social and Cultural Development
There is also a Corporate Policy Group (CPG) comprising the Cathaoirleach of the local authority and the SPC chairs. This group will link the work of the different SPC’s, and provide a forum where policy affecting the whole council can be agreed for submission to the full council.