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Saturday 22 September 2018

Outgoing mayor congratulated on a job well done

Mayor Dempsey receives the chains of office from outgoing Mayor Jim Moore
Mayor Dempsey receives the chains of office from outgoing Mayor Jim Moore

Maria Pepper

Outgoing Mayor of Wexford Cllr Jim Moore was congratulated on the professionalism and dignity he brought to the role during the past year.

The Mayor who experienced three weather alerts during his term of office - Storms Ophelia and Brian and a heatwave - managed to avoid any political turbulence during the past 12 months.

'We didn't blow away, we didn't wash away and I'm sure we won't melt away either', he said, as he recalled the highs and lows of the year.

'We lost one of our previous mayors, Cllr Paddy Nolan, a formidable figure in Wexford town, and we welcomed two new councillors in Thomas Forde and Tony Walsh who are attending their first AGM tonight'.

He cited the signing of contracts for a new local authority housing development in Slippery Green among the highlights and welcomed the refugee re-settlement programme with 'people becoming part of our live who have come from less than favourable conditions'.

Cllr Moore singled out amenity projects including the progress on Min Ryan Park, the coastal and maritime trail which is well advanced and the memorial garden as well as the new mental health support initiative for young people - the Squashy Couch project - which is on the way. He recalled visits to Wexford of President Michael D. Higgins for the Redmond commemorations and an Taoiseach Leo Varadkar during Storm Ophelia and his own official trips to London, Flanders and Savannah.

On a personal level, he said he was grateful to his family who have been a constant support to him during the year and he spoke about the loss of his father Toddy during the year. 'One person who is not here tonight is my late father who was here last year. It has been a difficult time for me and my family', he said.

Addressing his colleagues, he told them: 'You as councillors can take credit for the work that has been done. A special thanks to you all for helping me to fulfill my duties as Mayor, especially the Deputy Mayor, Ger Carthy.' He also singled out district manager Angela Laffan for praise and thanks.

'It's been an honour and a privilege to have worn these chains,' said the Mayor.

His fellow councillors complimented him on the manner in which he conducted himself during a busy year.

'A mayor has to command the respect of the people - you did that with aplomb', said Cllr George Lawlor while Cllr Mick Roche said he brought 'calmness and integrity' to the position.

'I began to understand as the year went on, the importance of the role of Mayor and I think you fulfilled it with great professionalism and wisdom', said Cllr Tony Walsh.

'It's not an easy year,' said Cllr David Hynes. 'Just to keep order at meetings alone requires a lot of skill. A lot of work was done under your stewardship. We have made a start on the housing situation but there is a mountain to climb'.

'You wore the robes with panache and style. You are very professional and you are an excellent chair of a meeting', said Cllr Lisa McDonald.

'I've really enjoyed the Borough meetings. It's my first year and you have been very welcoming to me', said Cllr Thomas Forde.

Chief Executive Tom Enright said Cllr Moore had an excellent year and as chairman of the Governing Body of WIT he is in an important position as we move towards a technological university of the south east.

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