[OSM-talk] Local Chapter application - Ireland

CiarĂ¡n Staunton ciaran.staunton at gmail.com
Mon Sep 2 20:30:24 UTC 2019

Hi Everyone,
It really is heartening to see the overwhelming positive reaction to OSM
Ireland's chapter application. I am party to this application, but since
there was a discussion I am permitting myself to just be a mapper and
community member in a couple of comments.

On the island of Ireland issue: we did this because mappers from Northern
Ireland were already engaged with us, and we even held a meetup in Belfast.
As a formal structure nobody was going to exclude people who have already
given so much to the informal network that has existed for a decade.

In any event there was detailed consultation with OSMUK who told us: "For
the avoidance of doubt, OSM UK is supportive of the inclusion of Northern
Ireland in OSM Ireland in addition to it's existing inclusion within the
OSM UK defined region." With this level of co-operation already in place
between OSMUK and OSMIRL we could look at having a joint *SOTM* in Belfast
in 2021 or 2022 to commemorate the centennial placement of the border on
the island, and to prove that mappers transcend everything.
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