Martin Storey takes his friend's place at council
Photographers joined public representatives in the council chamber at Carricklawn last week as Martin Storey became Cllr Martin Storey, nominated to take the seat of his deceased friend and nursing colleague Pat Cody.
The September meeting of Wexford County Council commenced as usual with votes of sympathy and congratulations. Then, after Cllr Malcolm Byrne had hailed the recent achievements at Fleadh Cheoil of Ballygarrett-Gorey Comhaltas, cathaoirleach Ted Howlin handed over to county secretary Niall McDonnell.
The official acknowledged that he had received a formal nomination from the Labour party for the filling of the vacancy created by the death of Cllr Cody. There was no need for proposing and seconding: 'Martin Storey is automatically co-opted,' he declared before marching over to the door and giving the waiting nominee the beck.
The waiting Martin Storey entered the chamber to applause from all sides of the chamber. Dressed in short-sleeved green shirt and tie, he shook hands with his new found colleagues in Labour before taking a seat between Robbie Ireton and George Lawlor.
'If you show the same determination and effort as to hurling, the people of Wexford will be well served,' commented Fine Gael's Paddy Kavanagh as the newcomer was welcomed.
The first item of business was the election of a new leas-cathaoirleach to replace Pat Cody. Labour's George Lawlor put forward his party's Robbie Ireton for the role, with Martin Storey waving his pencil to the chairman, indicating that he seconded this proposal which went through without opposition.
Other posts held by the much missed deceased Enniscorthy district representative were filled at Cllr Lawlor's suggestion by Cllr Storey. The list covered membership of the council's strategic policy committee on housing as well as slots on County Wexford VEC, the county enterprise board, the South East regional authority, the local Traveller (accommodation) consultative committee, the regional health forum (South), the joint policing committee and the library association of Ireland.
* Martin Storey is not the only member of Wexford County Council who holds a National Hurling League medal, as Cllr Declan MacPartlin mentioned during last Monday's council meeting. The Oulart-The Ballagh club man was a beaten finalist in 1993 when Wexford lost the final to Cork.
It was Cllr MacPartlin who has the precious piece of medal. He was a member of the Dublin side which topped the table in Division 1B in the 1973-74 season.