Sunday 10 December 2017

Lawlor likely to be named new mayor

David Tucker

LABOUR'S George Lawlor is likely to emerge as Wexford's last mayor following the mayoral election.

King-maker Cllr. Davy Hynes said ahead of the election that he had decided he was not going to oppose Cllr. Lawlor and would more than likely abstain from the ballot.

'While I have differences with Labour I get on well with George,' said Cllr. Hynes, who resigned from Labour in protest at the government's 'disastrous policies'.

The other front runner for mayor, Cllr. Padge Reck has already served two terms.

'I would acknowledge that Padge has done an awful lot over the years. If Padge is prepared to go for deputy mayor I would probably support that,' said Cllr. Hynes.

A mayoral pact between Labour and Fine Gael, agreed at the beginning of the current ter, has in the past made the mayoral election a foregone conclusion, but the defection of Cllr. Hynes has changed things.

The pact, four Labour and three Fine Gael councillors, had seven votes against the five held by Fianna Fail, the Green Party, Sinn Fein and Padge Reck, the only Independent.

Cllr. Reck said he had been asked to stand as mayor.

'It's up to him (Cllr. Hynes). He has the casting vote. If he votes against the pact, it goes into the hat,' said Cllr. Reck.

The ballot had been further clouded because of a recent bout of ill health suffered by Cllr. Philomena Roche which meant there was some doubt that the Fine Gael member would be able to attend.

But speaking ahead of the meeting, she said she was determined to be there.

'I gave my word and I will keep my word and give my support to George Lawlor,' she said.

Wexford People

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