Local Government Act, 2001

Meetings and procedures of Commission.

93.—(1) (a) The Commission shall hold such and so many meetings as may be necessary for the performance of its functions.

(b) The quorum for a meeting of the Commission is 3.

(2) The chairperson of a meeting of the Commission shall be—

(a) the chairperson of the Commission if present, or

(b) if and so long as the chairperson of the Commission is not present or if the office of chairperson is vacant, the members of the Commission who are present shall choose one of their number to be chairperson of the meeting.

(3) At a meeting of the Commission—

(a) each member of the Commission present has a vote, and

(b) every question at a meeting of the Commission shall be determined by a majority of the votes of the members present and voting on the question and, in the case of an equal division of votes, the chairperson of the meeting has a second or casting vote.

(4) Subject to subsection (1)(b), the Commission may act notwithstanding one or more vacancies in its membership.

(5) Subject to this Act, the Commission shall regulate, by standing orders or otherwise, the procedure and business of the Commission.

(6) (a) The Commission has an absolute discretion to hold an oral hearing in relation to any matter in respect of which functions are conferred on it by this Act and the hearing may be conducted by one or more members of the Commission or by a person appointed by the Commission for that purpose.

(b) The member or members of the Commission or other person appointed to conduct an oral hearing under paragraph (a) shall make a report in writing on the hearing to the Commission and shall include in the report such recommendations as are considered appropriate with respect to the subject of the report.

(c) The Commission shall consider a report made to it under paragraph (b) before deciding on the recommendations that it will make in its report.

(d) An oral hearing may be conducted in Irish or in English or in both languages and the Commission shall take appropriate steps to encourage the use of the Irish language.

(7) Where the number of members of the Commission has been increased by order under section 92 (9), any function of the Commission may be exercised by a division of the Commission comprising of at least 3 of its members and meetings and decisions of any such division are, for all purposes, decisions of the Commission.