Ancient East plan is anti Wexford - Browne
THE New Fáilte Ireland's Ancient East tourism initiative was criticised as cobbled together and anti Wexford at the meeting.
Cllr Johnny Mythen raised the issue in a motion calling on council members to welcome the recent launch of the initiative. He said the council should call upon Fáilte Ireland to ensure the county is represented proportionally as the programme develops.
Cllr Fionntán Ó Súilleabháin seconded the motion, saying; 'Wexford is the jewel in the crown of the south East. Hopefully this was an oversight.'
Cllr James Browne said he went through the trade magazine, describing it as bizarre. He said under headings like the Anglo Irish and the Normans there was no mention of the county, while Vinegar Hill and the Irish National Heritage Park were also completely omitted.
'They were under pressure to put a package out and they did a two in one merging the midlands with the South East. In the trade mag the five day plan for a tour allows for a short few hours in Wexford if you're in Kilkenny coming into New Ross. We have practically been left out of it.'
He described welcoming the initiative to being akin to a heart attack sufferer welcoming a paracetamol tablet.
Defending the initiative Cllr Larry O'Brien said; 'Maybe people should find out why businesses were ignored. I am glad to say the Hook is involved. They will be all included. I think it's a great boost for this county.
The motion was ultimately carried, after a bid to remove the word 'welcome' was defeated in a vote.