Heated argument breaks out between Carthy and Lawlor over mayor night
A heated spat broke out at last week's Wexford Borough District Council meeting when Cllr Ger Carthy Mayor of Wexford proposed that the traditional Opera Festival 'Mayor's Night' be discontinued.
He based his decision on the fact that the town had ongoing issues such as homelessness and social housing, saying that he wanted to show solidarity. However, his announcement struck a nerve with Cllr George Lawlor, who said that Cllr Carthy was trying to take the 'moral highground'.
'I'm not going to let you away with it. You are trying to be populist with an election coming up.'
Cllr Lawlor said that the mayor had 'no problem' spending money on things previously, such as on the erection of a stage at Our Lady's Island during the summer months.
Cllr Carthy told Cllr Lawlor that he was 'out of order' and threatened to adjourn the meeting.
Cllr Deirdre Wadding was supportive of the mayor's decision and commended him for it.
When asked his position on the expenditure on the construction of the stage at Our Lady's Island, Director of Services Tony Larkin said that he was 'entirely supportive' of it at the time.
'I approved the stage and I will next year if I can. The pilgrimage season is very important to Wexford. I was happy to approve it.'
Though Cllr Lawlor said that it was unfair for Cllr Carthy to imply that other mayors wasted money, Cllr Davy Hynes said that the mayor should make his 'own decisions' on such matters.
'I didn't take that as a slur against former mayors. We were left with nothing by the government. The local government is on its knees.'
Following several minutes of heated discussions, the meeting recommenced.