Donegal Mart - emergency meeting may be called

Sue Doherty

Reporter:

Sue Doherty

A major decision affecting the composition of the Donegal Mart committee was due to be taken at a meeting last night. It is understood the committee was deciding last night how it would handle a proposal to reduce the number of committee members.

A major decision affecting the composition of the Donegal Mart committee was due to be taken at a meeting last night. It is understood the committee was deciding last night how it would handle a proposal to reduce the number of committee members.

There is currently a proposal in hand to reduce the number of committee members from its current 20 to 16, and a second proposal has been submitted to lower the number further, to just 12. The committee met last night to decide whether the issue would be discussed at the AGM, scheduled for Monday, Sept. 5th, or at an emergency general meeting immediately afterwards.

Committee chairman Eamon Brogan said yesterday: “Four committee members stepped down last February and it was decided to leave the size of the committee at 16, rather than co-opt more members. There seems to be a general consensus that 20 is probably too many. The committee then put in a proposal to formally change the number of members to 16. However, we met with a group last week who have put in a second proposal, to bring the number down to 12.

“This would mean that all the members of the current committee would have to step down and stand for re-election. We’re meeting tonight to decide whether this is a decision that can be made at the AGM or whether it will be necessary to hold an EGM afterwards.”

David Graham is one of four committee members who stepped down last February. He says he’s supporting the petition to have the size of the committee reduced from 20 members to 12. “There are currently 16 people on the management committee, after the four resignations. Four people put their names forward for election last year. None of them was co-opted to replace those who resigned.

“I’m concerned that this amount of time has past without the posts having been filled and believe that the committee should only have 12 members: it would be far more manageable it if did.”