Tidy Towns report 'insulting'
Wexford's acting county manager Adrian Doyle feels 'personally insulted' by this year's disheartening Tidy Town report.
Wexford town scored just one extra point over last year's result despite the hard work of an army of volunteers – which included the county manager himself.
'I myself feel insulted by it. I get out of bed on a Saturday morning to pick up someone else's rubbish,' he told a Borough Council meeting in exasperation.
On hearing that the Tidy Towns committee is due to meet the competition organisers An Taisce to air their views, he said: 'They should do more than take our comments on board. They should issue an apology.'
Mr Doyle described the 2013 report published last month as a 'gross insult to everyone involved, myself included'. He said it contained comments that were 'uncalled for and unnecessary' and showed no regard for the efforts of people who worked on behalf of the Wexford's Tidy Towns campaign.
Cllr Philomena Roche described the report as 'questionable' and said she didn't believe the judges had a proper look at the town.
Cllr Padge Reck, a vociferous critic of An Taisce, said: 'If you're going to meet them, I'd ask that my name would not be mentioned. I don't recognise An Taisce. I have no regard for An Taisce.'
Cllr David Hynes said it was 'a kick in the teeth given the effort that was made.'
The Mayor, Cllr George Lawlor, said he believed a 'rogue adjudicator' was to blame. 'I don't think we should see this as a good report,' he said.
'It's an insult, particularly to the Tidy Towns Committee and Wexford in Bloom', said Cllr Paddy Nolan.
One of the 'unnecessary' comments mentioned by Mr Doyle was a reference to the Credit Union and the Revenue Commissioners being next-door neighbours.
'If I was a customer of the credit union, I am not sure if I would want Revenue looking over my shoulder,' the adjudicator wrote.