By Dan Walsh
Gorey-Kilmuckridge Municipal District Council bade farewell to its popular District Manager of 17 months, Michael Drea, who moved to a new position with the housing department of Wexford County Council today (Monday).
“We are losing our area administrator Michael Drea who is going to higher office in the housing section in Wexford and this is his last meeting. He has made a huge contribution to Gorey, although his tenure was seriously disrupted by Covid-19, your term in Gorey was very productive we are sorry to see you leaving Gorey,” said Cathaoirleach Joe Sullivan at the February meeting of Gorey-Kilmuckridge Municipal District Council held with Microsoft Teams in accordance with Covid-19 restrictions.
“He settled immediately and did great work. I wish you well and I wish you luck,” said Cllr Pip Breen. “I’d also like to wish Michael well. I enjoyed working alongside him. I came in very inexperienced and if I ever needed any advice or getting a job done, he was always very approachable,” added Cllr Andrew Bolger.
Cllr Mary Farell thanked Michael for all his support over his time in Gorey. “You have been an absolute gentleman and professional to work with. Your passion for the town of Gorey extended to the district and working with community groups and ensuring that everyone got a fair share. Best of luck in your new job,” she stated.
Cllr Donal Kenny said Michael Drea was “a pleasure to work with and so easy to get on with, no hassle with anything we asked of you, you just got on with it and I wish you the best of luck.”
Cllr Willie Kavanagh recalled the pleasure of bringing the District Manager on a tour of his corner of the district in Oylegate and remarked, “We got on well and best of luck in your future endeavours.”
Cllr Diarmuid Devereux said; “Michael was one of the easiest people I ever worked with, a very decent guy, very honourable and honest,” and he recalled Michael’s input into developments in Camolin that had been waiting for up to 10 years. “Every time the Christmas lights come on in Gorey, we think about you,” quipped Cllr Devereux.
Cllr Fionntán Ó Súilleabháin said Michael was a pleasure to work with and made a massive contribution to community groups. Cllr Anthony Donohoe said Michael was “a gentleman to work with” and wished him the best of luck. Cllr Oliver Walsh added his best wishes.
Staff colleague Liz Stanley also paid tribute. “He was an excellent colleague to work with, he was extremely fair, we will miss you and keep in touch.”
Mr Drea thanked everybody for their kind sentiments. “I loved working in Gorey-Kilmuckridge district and I’m sad to leave. I’ve learned more in 17 months than I have in my previous tenure in local government in such a wide and varied role and I loved my dealings with community groups and with the Council members.”
Mr Drea confirmed that Liz Stanley will be taking over his position and he gave her a vote of confidence and wished her well. He also complimented Director of Services Ms Amanda Byrne.