Fiery Fergie hits out at 're-run' motions
'There are a lot of motions that have no relation whatsoever to Wexford County Council and a lot of them are repeat motions, reworded differently.'
This was the view of Cllr Fergie Kehoe after listening to seven motions, a record number in recent times.
Throughout the meeting various councillors were accused of electioneering after they made comments on topical matters and Cllr Kehoe was unimpressed with the thrust of some of the motions brought forward for debate.
'A lot refer to district matters and a lot of motions go completely against council policy. Can I ask councillors to research their motions?'
At this point Cllr Johnny Mythen, who had brought a motion calling for the local authority to refrain from collecting debts on behalf of Irish Water, was spotted raising his eyes to heaven, after his motion was rejected by officials who stated that Wexford Counmty Council does not collect debts for Irish Water.
A motion by Cllr Ger Carthy calling on the body to do everything possible to assist Celtic Linen in saving as many jobs as possible as it restructures barely made it passed the post, after Director of Services Tony Larkin said the council has offered its support to the large Wexford employer.
Cllr Martin Murphy called on all State agencies to work to get the best possible result for Celtic Linen.
Cllr Jim Moore expressed grave concern about the prospect of the local authority interfering with the business of a private company. 'It would be inappropriate to be discussing in a public forum matters that are very sensitive,' he said.
Mr Larkin said Wexford County Council has engaged with the company's CEO.
'We are available to lend our assistance. These are sensitive negotiations between unions, employeees and the company. We have offered the supports outlined in the motion.'
Cllr Davy Hynes said he worked in a factory where 350 people lost their jobs and feels the matter warranted discussion.
'I'm surprised at you being a shop steward before,' Cllr Larry O'Brien said.