Carthy is Wexford's new mayor
WEXFORD has its first mayor from outside the town, with the election of Independent Ger Carthy from Our Lady's Island.
'History is being made here tonight with the election of the first rural-based councillor as mayor of Wexford and it is a great honour for me to be part of that history,' Cllr. Carthy said in his acceptance speech following Monday night's 6-4 vote at the Wexford Arts Centre.
Cllr. Carthy said his priorities will include employment creation, zero hours contracts, the rates burden on small businesses and shops which are the backbone of the Wexford economy.
'The local authority's support for festivals and shopping events over the past year has been a good start on the road to rebuilding the retail sector but we must try to find some way of easing the rates burden on small shops and businesses and this has to be an initiative that will not provide a bonanza for multi-nationals but is constructed in such a way as to provide tangible support for small traders,' he said.
Another suggestion was that of providing free all day parking for workers who would pay a small annual fee for the disc.
'But, of course this council is not just about the town. I am a very proud Lady's Island and Barony of Forth man. Even Cromwell and his men couldn't get the better of us! The rural areas make up the greater part of the council area and we as public representatives must never forget that. After all we are the servants of the people. We must use every resource at the council's disposal to keep rural villages alive and for my part I will be using this office to fight as best I can to ensure the future of every rural post office still open in the district and to ensure that there is adequate Garda cover for the rural areas.'
Outgoing Mayor Cllr. George Lawlor, who won generous praise for his two years in office, said the mayorality was still held in high regard by the people of Wexford. It was one-two for the country areas in the voting with Cllr. Jim Moore elected deputy mayor. Outgoing Mayor Cllr. George Lawlor won fulsome praise for his two years in office.