Monday 20 November 2017

Make Ferns the Capital of Ireland once again says Byrne

By Esther Hayden

The ruins of Ferns Castle. INSET RIGHT: Cllr Malcolm Byrne.
The ruins of Ferns Castle. INSET RIGHT: Cllr Malcolm Byrne.

Ferns should be the new capital of Ireland according to Cllr Malcolm Byrne.

Speaking at last Monday's meeting of Wexford County Council Cllr Byrne laid down a notion of motion saying 'noting the Government's proposed 2040 National Planning Framework, the need for greater regional balance, and the excessive concentration of decision making in Dublin, Wexford County Council calls for the Capital of Ireland to be moved back to its ancient location at Ferns.'

Cllr Byrne said it is not uncommon for seats of power to be located away from the capital cities and said that Ferns is the ideal location. He pointed out it had been overlooked on the Norman Way trail and should be marketed more efficiently to mark the historic nature of the village. 'We should be placing a greater emphasis on our villages'.

However he received little support with Cllr John Hegarty totally against the idea. Cllr Robbie Ireton however said he wouldn't be found wanting when it comes to supporting the motion. 'I won't let my colleague down', he said seconding the motion.

Cllr Tony Dempsey said that 'the closer people are to the area they are making decisions about the better the decisions are.'

In the end the motion didn't receive enough support to carry it.

Wexford People

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