Paddy Kavanagh elected council chairman
fine Gael Councillor Paddy Kavanagh, from Drumgoold, Enniscorthy, defeated Independent Cllr Davy Hynes by 25 votes to seven to become Wexford County Council's new chairman yesterday (Monday).
And the vice chair went to New Ross Fianna Fail Councillor Michael Whelan, who defeated Sinn Fein's Cllr Johnny Mythen from Enniscorthy by 22 votes to 10.
In accepting the position, Cllr Kavanagh paid tribute to his family, particularly his wife Brenda and his sons Patrick and Conall, who were present in the Chamber. He said his late mother and father would have been extremely proud to have been there.
He said one of his priorities was to work to ensure that the technical university of the south east remains on track and believes that education is the way out of poverty.
Cllr Kavanagh said he throught that St Senan's could have a prominent role to play as a third level institute for trades and as a centre of excellence.
He said he will additionally strive to further the aims of the Enniscorthy Enterprise Centre.
Cllr Kavanagh pair tribute to the late Cllr Fergie Kehoe who, he said, would have been the first to come up and shake his hand following his election.
He also welcomed back to the chamber Cllr Anthony Kelly following his protracted illness and paid tribute to outgoing chair Cllr Tony Dempsey.