Water Services Standing Committee
An Fóram Uisce, at its meeting held on the 10th April 2018, made a decision to establish a Water Services Standing Committee and in so doing, re-iterated its commitment to facilitating stakeholder engagement on all water services issues (including drinking water and waste water) at a national, strategic policy level with the common goal of improving the supply and quality of drinking water and protecting and restoring our waters.
The Standing Committee commenced its work in July 2018 and meets on a bi-monthly basis and on additional occasions as determined by the work programme.
The committee is required to debate and analyse issues related to drinking water and waste water, including, but not limited to:
- Water conservation;
- Rural water issues and;
- The interests of the customers of Irish Water.
The Committee submits its reports for consideration at the plenary meetings of An Fóram. It is chaired by Barry Deane and comprises of members including Jean Rosney/Joe Gallagher, Keith Hyland, Connie Rochford, Laurie Kearon, Dr. Suzanne Linnane, Denis Drennan, Kevin Ryan and Sinead O’Brien.
Catchment Management Standing Committee
An Fóram Uisce, at its meeting held on the 10th April 2019, made a decision to establish a Catchment Management Standing Committee and in so doing, re-iterates its commitment to facilitating stakeholder engagement on all catchment management issues at a national, strategic policy level with the common goal of restoring our waters and also improving the supply and quality of drinking water.
The role of the Committee includes responsibility to report to An Fóram at its plenary meetings in relation to the following Strategic Objectives:
- Objective 1 – Lead the debate on water in Ireland.
- Objective 3 – Review and advise on policy implementation in relation to the River Basin Management Plan and the Water Framework Directive.
- Objective 6 – Lead public awareness and education on the value of water (as same relates to catchment management and in co-operation with the WSSC committee).
- Objective 7 – Support and promote public consultation and engagement on all matters relevant to water.
The Standing Committee will consider and make recommendations to An Fóram in relation to the goals and actions identified in the Strategic Plan in relation to these objectives, as requested by An Fóram and/or as considered appropriate by the Standing Committee. The Standing Committee is chaired by Dr. Tom Collins and comprises of members including Charles Stanley Smith, Gerald Quain, Elaine McGoff, Sinead O’Brien, Brendan Fitzsimons, Neil Walker, Suzanne Linnane and Martin McEnroe.
The Standing Committee commenced its work in March 2018 and meets on a bi-monthly basis and on additional occasions as determined by the work programme.
An Fóram establishes working groups as required by the work programme such as the decision at its meeting held on the 3rd September to establish a committee to organise the Symposium planned for early 2020.
The group, chaired by Dr. Tom Collins with members, Sinead O’Brien, Martin McEnroe, Dennis Drennan, Elaine McGoff supported by staff.
The Group provides progress reports on the Symposium programme, guest speakers and logistics to the Plenary Meetings of An Fóram in order to gain input and approval.