Paul Kehoe says farewell to NZ-bound advisor
Government Chief Whip Paul Kehoe is losing his close adviser Colum Coomey, who is taking off to New Zealand, via India and Australia, with no return date in mind.
The Cork native confirmed that his last day as personal assistant to the Minister of State will be Friday, January 30.
His boss took the fifth of five Wexford seats in the 2011 General Election and faces a tough fight to retain his place for Fine Gael in Dáil Eireann, probably next year.
But he will heading for the hustings on this occasion without the services of the former journalist, who makes way for Siobhán Nolan from Camolin in the office at Weafer Street.
Ms Nolan comes to the job after making a favourable impact as a member the staff at Special Olympics Ireland. She is a member of the family which runs the Cois na hAbhann garden centre in Camolin.
'It is time to see more of the world,' commented Colum Coomey who spent three and a half years dealing with constituency matters. He leaves the post with many fond memories of his County Wexford assignment: 'Enniscorthy is a very interesting town but it has had high levels of unemployment, even during the boom.'
During his stint on Slaneyside, he was prominent in establishing the Enniscorthy drama society.
The organisation has been meeting this week to find a successor to Coomey as chairman.
'Personally, the drama group was so rewarding for me,' he remarked, 'to be involved in it and to get it up and running.'