Best wishes sent to Cllr Anthony Kelly
Get well wishes were extended to Cllr Anthony Kelly at the first Borough Municipal District meeting last week.
Leading the charge was Mayor Ger Carthy who said he had spoken to Cllr Kelly shortly before the meeting and he was in great form. 'He had a bit of a road to travel in regards to his speech but he was very anxious to thank all the staff at the hospital and the ambulance staff for their work and care. Hopefully he will be moving to another facility soon. He had quite a difficult time ahead and I wish him a speedy recovery.'
Mayor Carthy said that he had been on the ambulance which had responded to Cllr Kelly and said that despite being so ill he told his family to remind him to ring a person he was trying to help with a housing issue.
Cllr George Lawlor said he had worked alongside Cllr Kelly for the past 12 years and 'always found him to be a tremendous colleague to work with despite our many political differences. We have worked closely together on a number of issues and I was shocked to hear of his sudden illness. He has always been a valuable asset to the council and an extremely hard-working public representative.'
His sentiments were echoed by Cllr David Hynes who said Cllr Kelly is 'extremely hard-working. We have had plenty of political arguments but he is always working for the betterment of the town and the district.'
However he said that he felt that the abolition of the former town councils had contributed to Cllr Kelly's illness. 'I don't think there are enough councillors for the people of the district. It puts too much stress on us and hopefully when the new Government is elected they will look at that.'
He found a willing supporter in Cllr Fergie Kehoe who agreed that 'the stress of the workload gets to people at times. The reform didn't go well for the people of Wexford. There are now only four town based councillors and before there were 12. That's a lot of extra workload.'
Cllr Tony Dempsey said Cllr Kelly 'is a very sound man and he always makes a constructive contribution. He looks at the overall picture rather than the smaller picture', he said wishing his a very speedy recovery.
Cllr Jim Moore said he was looking to having Cllr Kelly back in the council chamber and wished him and his family well.
Cllr Deirdre Wadding said 'on a personal level I am very fond of him. He's a childhood neighbour and I hope he makes a full recovery. He is extremely hard-working and is extremely committed to the people of Wexford. He always puts his heart and soul into the job.'
His party colleague Mick Roche said that Cllr Kelly was always thinking of his constituents adding that he spoke to him the previous Monday after the county council meeting and the first question Cllr Kelly had was asking how the Sinn Fein motions had gone.
Director of Services Tony Larkin said that Cllr Kelly is held in very high regard by all the council staff and officials. 'He is always very courteous and very hardworking. I was very upset to hear that he was ill and I'm glad that he's doing better. He needs to focus on himself for the time being.'