Strategic Policy Committees

In accordance with the provisions of Section 48 of the Local Government Act 2001, as amended by Section 41 of the Local Government Reform Act 2014, the Council shall establish by resolution committees to be known as Strategic Policy Committees (SPCs) to consider matters connected with the formulation, development, monitoring and review of policy which relate to the functions of the local authority and to advise the Council on those matters.

The Council is, and remains, the decision making authority - the task of the SPCs is to advise and assist the Council in its work in the formulation, development, and review of policy in relation to functions of a strategic nature reserved to the Elected Members of the Council, subject to the relevant statutory framework.

The Strategic Policy Committees draw on the knowledge and expertise of people working with social, economic, cultural and environmental bodies throughout Cavan.

The SPC system is intended to give councillors and relevant sectoral interests an opportunity for full involvement in the policy-making process from the early stages, when policy options are more fluid. Therefore, much of the preliminary and background work, discussion and recommendation should be completed at SPC level for final consideration and ratification by the Council.

Cavan County Council has five Strategic Policy Committees:

1. Economic Development, Enterprise, and Planning

2. Climate and Biodiversity Action, and Environment

3. Transportation, Infrastructure, and Emergency Services

4. Housing, Social Inclusion, and Corporate Services

5. Cultural Development, Irish Language, and Sport

The Chairpersons of the SPCs report directly to Cavan County Council. For further details on each of the SPCs above, including their members, click on the name of the SPC you would like find out more about.

Meetings usually take place four times each year.


Strategic Policy Committees Scheme


Download the 2019 - 2024 Cavan County Council SPC Scheme (PDF, 230kb)

Download the Cavan County Council Strategic Policy Committee Standing Orders (Word doc, 80kb)

If you would like to know more about the Strategic Policy Committees, then please get in touch by email on or call 049-4378300