Wexford County Council has a new Cathaoirleach, Fianna Fáil’s Cllr Keith Doyle from Enniscorthy, was elected by 23 votes to five at the annual general meeting held the County Hall at Carricklawn, Wexford, today.
Cllr Doyle was proposed by Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy and seconded by Cllr Paddy Kavanagh and enjoyed an easy victory over Sinn Féin’s Cllr Johnny Mythen, who was proposed by Cllr Mick Roche and seconded by Cllr Davy Hynes.
“This is the pinnacle of my political career. It is a massive privilege and I am delighted and honoured to be chosen for the position,” said Cllr Doyle who was congratulated by his fellow councillors from all sides of the house and by the council officials.
Cllr Doyle said he aimed to be fair to all members in the coming year, but joked; “Don’t be surprised if I show a little bit of favour to Enniscorthy.”
Cllr Keith Doyle was first elected to Enniscorthy Urban District Council in 1994; was chairman four times and was elected to Wexford County Council on his first attempt in 2009. He served as Cathaoirleach of Enniscorthy Municipal District Council for 2017-’18.
Cllr Doyle’s late father, Andy Doyle, served as chairman of Wexford County Council in 1974-’75.
Cllr Doyle received his chain of office from the outgoing Cathaoirleach, Cllr John Hegarty, who received huge appraisal for his “good humour and professionalism” and his leadership skills and earned praise from all councillors and officials.
“It was a pleasure to work closely with a progressive, passionate and positive team and it is encouraging that CEO Tom Enright has a clear vision for a better Wexford,” he said.
Cllr Hegarty thanked the members and officials for their kind words and said the highlight of his year as Cathaoirleach was “meeting countless community groups.”
Cllr Willie Fitzharris, from the New Ross district, proposed by Cllr Larry O’Brien and seconded by Cllr John Fleming, was elected to the position of Leas-Cathaoirleach.