No Ministerial handshakes for some?

By Dan Walsh

Some public representatives are up in arms with Wexford County Council officials after claims that only selected members were informed of the recent visit to Wexford by the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD and the topic was hot at Monday’s monthly meeting of Wexford County Council held in ‘the Street’ at Carricklawn, Wexford.


Cllr Fionntán Ó Súilleabháin referred to Minister O’Brien’s visit to St. Waleran’s in Gorey, and despite being Leas-Cathaoirleach for Gorey-Kilmuckridge Municipal District – “I was not aware of the Minister’s visit.”

Cllr Davy Hynes was also angry. He found the Minister’s visit as “a surprise” and he described the event as nothing more than “a photo opportunity.” And he warned the Council and the Minister and the Housing for All policy by saying that “affordable housing is a joke.”

Cllr Tom Forde raised the matter of poor communications and was critical of the ministerial visit. “Why other parties and members were not informed reflects badly on the Housing for All policy,” he claimed.

Eamonn Hore said he was 40 years with the Council, and he was “disappointed and surprised” at the members reaction to the Minister’s visit and he informed the meeting that CEO Tom Enright was attending a meeting with the Minister (hence his absence from County Hall) and will bring back more detail.

Cllr Tom Forde was unhappy and felt it was a breakdown in communications and “a one party trick.”

Cllr Fionntán Ó Suilleabháin reminded the meeting that he was Leas-Cathaoirleach in the Gorey Kilmuckridge district and he observed that it was “a one party show.”

Communications Officer David Minogue said that Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy, Cathaoirleach, attended on behalf of the members. He also pointed out that the district Cathaoirleach and in Wexford, Mayor of Wexford Garry Laffan, met Minister O’Brien “who was on a very tight schedule.”

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