Brexit motion ends up as loud Greek farce

Published 17/11/2015 | 00:00

Cllr Malcolm Byrne
Cllr Malcolm Byrne

A motion calling on the UK to remain in the European Union descended into a pantomime shouting match.

Cllr Malcolm Byrne called on the local authority to write to councils in England in towns which County Wexford towns are twinned with.

Cllr Byrne said: 'It's quite possible that Britain will decide to leave the EU. The cost of this to County Wexford alone will run into the hundreds of millions in terms of agricultural income (lost).'

Cllr Michael Sheehan seconded the motion, saying: 'We have a selfish, strategic and economic interest in ensuring that Britain remains within the EU from a trading point of view.'

Cllr Deirdre Wadding said it was not appropriate for the local authority to call on people living in another country to vote one way or the other.

Cllr Oisin O'Connell agreed, prompting Cllr George Lawlor to say: 'Ye were quick enough to go to Greece and ye were quick enough to come back too when the arse fell out of ye're trousers.'

The motion was carried.

Wexford People

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