Sunday 18 August 2019

Wind of change in Wexford as new order takes over

Padge Reck, who twice served as mayor, on the sidelines at the mayoral election.
Padge Reck, who twice served as mayor, on the sidelines at the mayoral election.

By Padge Reck

On Monday night last I decided to pay a visit to the Art Centre for the election of Mayor.

I did so as a gesture of good will to the Carthy family and to honour my old friend the late Leo Carthy who surely would have been chuffed to see his son becoming first citizen.

It was a strange encounter for me as I had attended the event for 36 consecutive years under the old system. It was sad to experience the dissolution of history right before my very eyes.

No borough council, no town clerk, no borough engineer and of course no finance officer. It was rather strange that the county manager was not in attendance either.

As expected, Ger Carthy was elected by six votes to four and being mindful of the fact that it is a numbers game, next year's incumbent is certainly better known than the third secret of Fatima.

In his acceptance speech, which was delivered with style and panache, the new mayor certainly made it clear that a country man had come to town and if George (Lawlor) was proud to be the last of the old regime Ger was putting his stamp on the fact that he was the forerunner of the new trend, a brave new world perhaps.

As my eyes wandered around the room I could not help but notice the absence of so many of the usual suspects.

In fact townspeople were as scarce as hen's teeth.

Perhaps there is more than a little unease since Brendan's admission that he took his eye off the ball.

On the other hand there might be a growing concern that there are a number of other balls that have disappeared without him noticing.

In my rambles around town of late, the disconnect between the people and the local authority has not escaped my notice and the huge number of representation coming my way clearly illustrate that four councillors cannot serve a population the size of Wexford town and its environs.

One wonders when the demand for a return to the system that served us so well for 700 years will begin to grow legs.

In the meantime I want to wish Ger the best of luck in this very special year for himself and his family.

No doubt if I was sitting beside Leo in the Council Chamber next Monday he would surely lean across and say 'By God! Young Reck times are certainly a changing.'

The wind of change has been blowing hard in Wexford.

Wexford People

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