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Enda Kenny in the firing line in Gorey

November 1986

Parents angered by the delay in starting work on the extension to Gorey's CBS Primary School gathered for a public meeting in the building on Monday night. Junior Education Minister, Enda Kenny, attended the meeting to explain the position, and he had to weather quite a storm.

It was just like stepping into the lion's den. But instead of lions, Kenny faced nearly three hundred angry, annoyed and frustrated parents and teachers. Their anger had been building up for more than ten years, during which little or no progress was made on the planned extension to the school.

There as an atmosphere of high tension in the packed class halls as the Minister arrived more than ten minutes late for the meeting. Earlier, there had been suggestions that he had gone into hiding, to avoid the Gorey anger.

But Enda Kenny is no man to back away from a challenge and he duly arrived with the county's three Fine Gael deputies, and also Fianna Fáil's John Browne.

Minister Kenny said he would not be dictated to by the crowd and he quickly stamped some authority on proceedings when he refused to stand on the platform as others had done.

He even managed to obtain silence while he spoke for long periods towards the end, but when it became apparent that the extension would not yet go ahead, the heckles again became more frequent.

'My intention is to release the extension for contract in the Spring,' the Minister told the attendance.

Then it was time for the local politicians to have their say.

Eventually, Brother Cullen, who had remained unmoved throughout the meeting, sighed and said: 'I know some people would like to stay here all night, but views on all sides have had a good airing and I am going to wind up the meeting.'

Outside, there was a heavier than usual Garda presence. Perhaps someone thought Mr Kenny would be attacked, but the only attack was a verbal one, and he got that in no uncertain terms during the one hundred minutes he sat at the meeting.

Councillor accused of 'sexist' remarks

November 1979

Fine Gael Councillor Avril Doyle has been accused of being 'sexist' following her remarks at last week's meeting of Wexford Corporation, where she called for more female housing inspectors.

Mrs Doyle has suggested that a woman housing inspector might be better able to assess the living conditions of housing applicants.

But this week, the Wexford branch of the Socialist Labour Party said they were concerned at her 'unfortunately sexist remarks'.

The SLP points out that Mrs Doyle contended that female inspectors might be better qualified (by their sex) to hunt and torment those who have been alleged to resort to underhand tactics in their desperation to move up the local authority housing list.

The party also lashes out at the other Corporation members. It says they are far too removed from 'the desperate conditions suffered by the working classes in the town to judge what would be appropriate action in the circumstances'.

They are now repeating their contention that it is necessary to form a representative body to fight for the rights of those in private and local authority rented accommodation.

They will have a public meeting in the County Hotel on Monday 19th November at 8.30 p.m. and all are welcome to attend.

More than 100 Lada owners in Wexford

November 1993

Did you know that there are over a hundred Lada owners in County Wexford?

Yes, lurking in our midst are 103 people who have been at the butt of almost every car joke since the Lada revival of the late eighties.

A report from the Department of the Environment released the facts and figures on Wexford motoring last week, and the report indicates the various types of vehicles that were driven around Wexford at the end of last year.

Despite the jokes, Ladas are more common than several other makes in County Wexford. There are approximately three times as many Ladas as there are Saabs (37), Alfa Romeos (35) and Hillman Hunters (32).

The most favoured make of car in Co. Wexford is Ford, with 5,237 models on the road. Next is Toyota with 3,180 and third is Nissan with 2,643.

In total, there are 25,532 registered cars on the road in Co. Wexford. In addition, there are 4,915 goods vehicles, with Toyota being the most popular make (855).

On the agricultural side of things, there are 3,636 registered tractors in the county. Ford is the most popular make with 1,036 while Massey Ferguson is second with 870.

Finally, at the end of 1992, there were 1,066 registered motorcycles in the county, with the majority of them (581) being Hondas. Next most popular model was Suzuki, followed closely by Yamaha and Kawasaki.

Main Street plan at least five years off

November 1978

The proposed pedestrianisation of Wexford town's Main Street will not go ahead for at least five years - or until the County Council's multi-million pound ring road project is completed.

And the shopping area will remain choked with traffic because the Gardai and Corporation both feel that other streets in the tow would become over-congested with traffic if the move was implemented before then.

The full Corporation accepted this recommendation of the town's Traffic Management Committee on Monday night, when told by Mayor John Roche that it would be impossible to seal off the Main Street now.

'Traffic on other streets would not be able to move due to congestion,' he said.

First halting site for Travellers planned

November 1986

County Wexford's first halting site for Travellers is to be established in New Ross.

Wexford County Council is to pay £16,000 for land at Marshmeadows on the outskirts of the town, that will be developed as a residential caravan park for travelling families.

Council Chairman Jimmy Curtis said this should set an example for the rest of the country. It had been difficult to get all-round agreement, he said, but he was happy that they had done so well.

He also hoped that the other three districts would follow the lead of New Ross.

County Manager Noel Dillon said he wasn't happy with the site but had worked hard to promote it anyway, because it was the wish of most of the councillors.

A final decision was taken on Marshmeadows when a majority of the Travellers indicated that they would use the site and the Department of the Environment granted approval.

What we were all watching on the telly

November 1991

Saturday evening TV highlights in November 1991 included Arthur Murphy's 'Mailbag', 'Play The Game' with Ronan Collins, Twink and Derek Davis, and Gerry Ryan's 'Ryantown' on RTE 1.

Over on Network 2 (as it was then called), 'Murder She Wrote' was followed by 'The Streets of San Francisco', before there was a Cineclub presentation of a 1944 French film called 'Camp de Thiaroye'.

On BBC 1, 'Noel's House Party', 'Big Break', and 'Casualty' filled the peak hours between 6.30 p.m. and 9 p.m., while ITV's main offerings were 'Gladiators' (with Shadow, Jet, Wolf, and the rest) and 'Blind Date' (with Cilla Black).

'Have I Got News For You' had just started on BBC2, while there were no listings given for Channel 4 as most multi-channel viewers in County Wexford at the time had S4C instead.

The listings for S4C went as far as 6.30 p.m. only, before saying 'Rest of Night: Programmes in Welsh'.

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