Minister visits Gorey, New Ross and Enniscorthy

By Dan Walsh

Today’s (Friday) much publicised visit to Co. Wexford of Darragh O’Brien, Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, who was welcomed by Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council Cllr Barbara Anne Murphy has been acclaimed as productive and encouraging going forward.

First stop this morning on the Minister’s itinerary was St Waleran’s, a 70-acre site on the outskirts of Gorey, which has earned the reputation of ‘Wexford’s fastest growing town’. Recently acquired by Wexford County Council, the high profile lands offer significant potential in terms of social, affordable and private housing, public amenities and education facilities. During his visit the Minister had opportunity to view first-hand the recently completed site master plan, which sets out the Council’s ambitions for the phased development of the strategic site.

Minister Darragh O’Brien and Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy display plans for St. Waleran’s, Gorey. Also in photo (left to right); Carolyne Godkin, Director of Services, Wexford County Council, Tom Enright CEO, Cllrs Donal Kenny, Joe Sullivan and Andrew Bolger, Minister James Browne, Diarmuid Heuston, Senior Executive Planner, Wexford County Council, Cllr Pip Breen, Cathaoirleach Gorey-Kilmuckridge Municipal District Council and Senator Malcolm Byrne.

Minister O’Brien made his way to Trinity Wharf in Wexford town (see special report) before going on to St Michael’s Theatre, New Ross, where he was part of the Shared Island panel discussion at the annual Kennedy Summer School. Chaired by Bryan Dobson, the panel also included Dr Robert Mauro, the Executive Director of the Irish Institute and Global Leadership Institute at Boston College, Alliance Party Councillor, Sorcha Eastwood and Sarah Creighton, writer, lawyer and commentator from Belfast.

Later that evening, on his return trip to Dublin, Minister O’Brien stopped in Enniscorthy town where Cathaoirleach of Enniscorthy Municipal District, Cllr Cathal Byrne accompanied the Minister on a tour of Forgelands, a newly completed 59 home development, delivered by Tuath Housing Association in partnership with Wexford County Council.

Here, Minister O’Brien took time to meet the families who recently received the keys to their new home, many of whom were only too delighted to proudly show off their beautiful new home to the Minister and his accompanying entourage. The Minister congratulated all the proud tenants and wished them health and happiness as they settled into their new homes.

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