Protect rescue services plea
VOLUNTEER rescue services should be protected from having to pay VAT on their rescue equipment, councillors agreed at the meeting.
Cllr Johnny Mythen brought the motion adding that the volunteers need to maintain the high standard of emergency work that they carry out. He also sought that rescue vehicles be made exempt from tax.
Cllr Mythen said during the recent flooding in Enniscorthy Slaney Rescue lost two very valuable boat engines.
'This would help them greatly,' he added.
The motion was seconded by Cllr Keith Doyle. Cllr George Lawlor fully supported the motion, as did Cllr Deirdre Wadding.
Fethard sewage put on ice
COUNTY Manager Tom Enright said Irish Water are due to announce several sewerage schemes this year, adding that the long-awaited Fethard scheme may be in the mix.
Cllr Martin Murphy raised the matter, saying it has been 25 years since the Fethard sewerage system was proposed.
Mr Enright said: 'It's fair to say that the Fethard scheme is a very high priority. We are expecting an announcement from Irish Water this year on a number of schemes in the county.'
Road crew boost
FOR the first time in several years municipal districts can boost their road crews, but only at the cost to services. Cllr Fionntán O' Súilleabháin said the Gorey area is at a loss of 12 road men over recent years.
Noel O'Driscoll of the roads department said resources for any new roads men will have to come from existing funds.
'There is no extra money for staff.'
Norman Way moving north?
FERNS should be at the heart of the Norman Way story as that is where the Normans were first invited, according to Cllr Malcolm Byrne.
Cllr Byrne asked when the Ferns phase of the way of the Ireland's Ancient East initiative will begin. Director of Services John Carley said the council is focussing on the south of the county and the William Marshall story. Mr Carley said historians in the Ferns area are being consulted with a view to telling the north Wexford Norman story. He said details should be available late this year or early next year.
THE scale of erosion in the Courtown area was raised by Cllr Malcolm Byrne who said locals fear the effects of another storm in the vicinity. Director of Services John Carley said the council is in the process of compiling a report for the Office of Public Works on this matter for funding.