10 years on, government departments celebrate a decade in County Wexford

Staff pictured at the Department of Environment Heritage and Local Government to mark the 10th anniversary of opening of the building
Staff pictured at the Department of Environment Heritage and Local Government to mark the 10th anniversary of opening of the building

June marks the 10th anniversary of the arrival of the advance party in Wexford, for what was then the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government in Wexford (Ardcavan).

This was a much longed for and momentous move for those involved, many of whom were commuting long distances to the Dublin at the time, and this was before the Gorey Bypass .

It was also an important step for the Department in establishing a base before the permanent office on the Newtown Road, which opened in 2010, next door to the county council.

Since 2007, staff from the advance party were joined by more colleagues including several who moved to Wexford under the government's decentralisation programme.

Due to the restructuring of government departments since the original move, the building now consists of staff from the Department of Housing, Planning, Community & Local Government, Department Communications, Climate Action & Environment and Department Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.

An anniversary celebration took place last Friday (June 16) with Assistant Secretary Fiona Quinn, who was a member of the original Advance Party, acting as MC.

Wexford People