New Mayor: Lack of invite to school signing was a snub
WEXFORD'S recently elected Mayor, Independent Ger Carthy, has complained that he was snubbed after failing to be invited to the signing of the contracts for the new CBS schools in the town.
Labour Minister Brendan Howlin turned the sod last Monday (July 20) on the €10.68 million project, a major extension to Coláiste Eamon Rís and a significant extension to CBS Primary School.
'As a former pupil of the school I would have liked to have been present,' Cllr Carthy told Monday's Wexford district council meeting.
He said that as mayor he should have been invited as a representative of the people of the town.
Former Mayor Cllr George Lawlor said, who received an invitation and attended the function, said he was sure there was no slight intended.
Labour defector and now independent councillor Davy Hynes said that as mayor, Cllr Carthy should have been invited, his comments echoed by Sinn Fein's Cllr Anthony Kelly.
However, Cllr Lawlor said the invitation issue was overshadowing 'a good news story'. He said: 'It was not political. They have been trying for years to get this project over the line and they invited those involved. I was invited as I helped to assist the process.'
The only other councillor attending, Fianna Fáil's Fergie Kehoe, said he had been asked by fellow FF member Deputy John Browne to attend on his behalf.