By Dan Walsh
Wexford County Council is to hold a Special Meeting on Friday where members will have consideration of the Report of the Investigation by the Standards in Public Office Commission (SIPO) of Alleged Contraventions of the Ethics in Public Office Act 1995 and 2001 and Part 15 of the Local Government Act 2001 and Mr. Tom Enright, Chief Executive, Wexford County Council.
The issue in relation to Mr Enright was on the agenda at today’s monthly meeting of the Council, held with Microsoft Teams, following a public hearing last November after a complaint made by Wexford businessman Mr Karl Fitzpatrick to the SIPO and a report issued last Friday by the Commission.
Cathaoirleach, Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy, said she had obtained independent legal advice in relation to the matter, and, in keeping with this advice which had been made available to members, she intended to defer discussion of the issue to a Special Council meeting on Friday. Cllr Murphy added that the adjournment would allow more time for members to consider the report which is over 300 pages and copies of the report has been circulated to all members.
The new date was proposed by Cllr Garry Laffan and seconded by Cllr Maura Bell. This was agreed by members with Cllrs Michael Whelan and Ger Carthy asking for the meeting to be held “in person” and not online.
County Secretary David Minogue confirmed that this should be possible under current regulations on meetings.