Monday 22 July 2019

Young voices are needed for Wexford Council says Cathoirleach Byrne

Councillor Malcolm Byrne
Councillor Malcolm Byrne

Cathy Lee

Cathoirleach of the Gorey and Kilmuckridge Municipal District, Cllr Malcolm Byrne, is calling on youth groups and young people to suggest ways in which Wexford County Council can engage more with people of their age group.

He would also like to know exactly what facilities young people would like to see in the area of Gorey/Kilmuckridge and the outskirts of the district.

'There could be a teenager or a young person with a brilliant idea about how to positively transform the Gorey/Kilmuckridge area and we want to hear it. I am committed over the course of the next year to ensure that young people see the Council as belonging to them,' he said.

Cllr Byrne is a former Vice-President of the National Youth Council of Ireland and Education Officer with the Union of Students in Ireland and so he sees young peoples voices as a vital aspect to civic life, and government at every level.

'We want to explore ways to make our community an even better place for young people to live, work and study, and even if the idea could be something small, it doesn't only have to be of benefit to young people. Everyone could have an idea about how to make where we live an even better place,' said Cllr Byrne.

Previously, the Council has set aside money for projects to be run by young people and Malcolm is confident that it will do so again.

Cllr Byrne has urged those with ideas to email him at

During his attempt at winning a seat during the recent European parliament elections, Cllr Byrne secured a 10 per cent share of the youth vote in the Ireland South region.

Gorey Guardian