Monday 21 October 2019

Ger Mackey is welcomed

By Brendan Keane

The newly appointed District Manager for Enniscorthy, Ger Mackey, was formerly welcomed to the town at this month's meeting of the local authority.

The Cathaoirleach, Cllr Kathleen Codd-Nolan, welcomed Mr Mackey and said: 'I am sure he will do wonderful things here in Enniscorthy.'

She said his arrival [from County Hall] also coincided with a positive time for the town commenting that the new motorway presented a great opportunity for the town.

'I think there will be more opportunities and if we all pull together with all the stakeholders in the town there are huge opportunities for the town to advance to become the second town in the county again,' she said.

Mr Mackey thanked Cllr Codd-Nolan for her comments and said that he felt a strong connection with Enniscorthy.

He recalled being appointed as 'Town Manager' in New Ross in 2000 and said he was mentored for four years in Enniscorthy.

'I have great affection for the town,' he said.

With regard to the new motorway Mr Mackey said: 'I don't call it a bypass, I think it's Enniscorthy being connected.'

Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy also welcomed the new District Manager to the chamber from her 'side of the house'.

'You are a hard worker and are very pro-active with a positive attitude,' she said.

Her sentiments were shared by Cllr John O'Rourke who also welcomed Mr Mackey and said that many voluntary organisations and areas in Enniscorthy were reaping the benefits of Mr Mackey's approach and support during his 'previous portfolio' within County Hall.

Cllr Cathal Byrne said he worked with Mr Mackey previously and wished him the best of luck in his new position.

'I worked with you previously and you are a person who is solution based,' he said.

Mr Mackey agreed that all stakeholders in the town need to pull together and if they do it will be very positive for Enniscorthy and the district but he said everyone in the [council] chamber has to work together first.

'We are the ones the people have charged with running Enniscorthy,' he said.

He said many exciting projects are planned for the town and district and he emphasised the area is on the verge of positive development.

'I look forward to working with everyone,' he said.

Enniscorthy Guardian