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Tuesday 29 July 2014

Age 'not an issue' for teen who takes late father's city council seat

Ciaran Murphy and Jason Kennedy

Published 10/12/2013|09:40

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The teenage son of a Fianna Fail councillor who died suddenly in October was co-opted onto Waterford City Council last night.

The teenage son of a Fianna Fail councillor who died suddenly in October was co-opted onto Waterford City Council last night.

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Married father-of-four Gary Wyse (50) was found slumped at the wheel of his car after suffering a heart attack.

At a Fianna Fail convention at Waterford Institute of Technology on Tuesday last, Adam Wyse (19) “was proposed, seconded and elected into the seat with no opposition” according to party member and local businessman, Declan Conway.

Mr Wyse, who is in his 2nd year studying Business in WIT, said age is not an issue when it comes to his new job.

"It doesn't make much difference to me. My main objective is to help people. Age isn't a requirement," he said.

"My biggest struggle will be to convince people that I'll be able to do it."

Balancing study and council work shouldn't be too much work, according to Mr Wyse.

Married father-of-four Gary Wyse (50) was found slumped at the wheel of his car after suffering a heart attack.

"I've already had exams that I've done well in. I can balance."

Mr Wyse, who is not thinking of local elections just yet, said there is a number of projects his father had started that he wants to continue, as well as promoting youth employment and youth in politics.

"The response has been good. My family are very proud of me. They think I'll do well. So do I."

Mr Conway, who was a close personal friend of Cllr Wyse, yesterday said: “Gary would have been very, very proud and would have loved to see him doing it. It takes a lot of nerve to go into a council at 19.”

Adam Wyse is the youngest member of Waterford City Councillor, if not the youngest in the country at present.

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