Cllr Joe Sullivan is the new Cathaoirleach of Gorey-Kilmuckridge Municipal District Council following a vote at today’s monthly meeting to fill the position vacated by Malcolm Byrne who was elected to Dáil Eireann in the November bye-election. Fellow Fianna Fáil member Cllr Pip Breen is Leas-Cathaoirleach.
From Ballywilliam, Cllr Sullivan was first elected in 2014 and previously served as Cathaoirleach of Gorey Municipal District Council in 2017-’18, he thanked the members for their support, and asked for unity and co-operation “to deliver what’s best for Gorey-Kilmuckridge district.”
Wexford’s newest member, Cllr Andrew Bolger, (22), from Ballycanew, who was co-opted in place of Malcolm Byrne T.D. at a special meeting of Wexford County Council, was welcomed by members and officials and took his local seat for the first time.
Members expressed concerns for the poor state of Ahare Bridge between Tara Hill and Castletown. “Someone could be killed or drowned there if something is not done soon,” said Cllr Sullivan.
Cllr Diarmuid Devereux raised the matter of the intoxicating liquor bye-laws for Courtown Harbour and there were suggestions in favour of closing off the Burrow Road! Cllr Devereux also questioned the budget for local festivals and wondered if it was all worthwhile. “Are we getting value for money,” he asked.
A motion by Cllr Fionntán Ó Súileabháin referred to the design and construction phase of the multi-functional space as part of the development of Gorey’s historic Market House. Cllr Ó Súileabháin pointed to the large amount of important historical-related material and artefacts held in private collections in the Gorey area and have nowhere to be publicly displayed. He said it was envisaged for several years that space in the Market House could cater for public demand in the areas of music, heritage, arts and culture. It was unanimously agreed that these matters, as proposed in the Public Consultation Process of 2018, be recommended for consideration by the design team.
Senior Executive Engineer Neville Shaw gave an update on road works and regular maintenance. The recent Storm Brendan saw ten roads blocked or partially blocked with fallen trees that had to be cleared. This included a main feature tree at Lamberts in Camolin village. Trees had been removed and cutback at Wells. A second gritting unit has been ordered and will be assigned to cover Askamore, Ballytarsna and Ballythomas areas. Local temporary repairs were carried out at the bus stop in Oylegate and bollards have been ordered to replace 16 bollards outside Blackwater National School.