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Chief Executive of Wexford County Council vows to robustly defend himself at standards body hearing

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Wexford County Council CEO Tom Enright.

Wexford County Council CEO Tom Enright.

Wexford County Council CEO Tom Enright.

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Wexford County Council Chief Executive Officer Tom Enright has said he will robustly defend himself at a hearing of the Standards in Public Office (SIPO) Commission this Friday.

He comes before the commission in an investigation hearing into alleged contraventions of the Local Government Act 2001, and alleged breaches of the Code of Conduct for Employees.

The SIPO investigation into the Co Waterford man, who has been at the helm of the local authority for seven years, is due to take place from 9.30 a.m. 

In keeping with current public health advice and restrictions, the investigation hearing will be held remotely, via Zoom.

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Addressing the matter earlier today (Monday) at the Wexford County Council meeting, Mr Enright said: "It's come to my attention that there has been some information circulating around social media and on local radio ahead.

"I just want to state that I intend to robustly defend myself against the allegations made. I've been advised that it would be inappropriate to comment any further on the matter at this time, but I want to assure the members that I will issue a full and detailed statement on the matter once the process is complete."

A native of Dungarvan, Mr Enright worked in Limerick for almost 20 years and previously held the posts of Director of Environment and Emergency Services and Director of Planning with Limerick County Council.

He is a graduate of University College Cork and Cranfield University in Britain and holds a Masters in Business Administration from Dublin City University.

He successfully competed for the Wexford post and began the role in 2014 and since that time has driven an ambitious economic plan for the county.


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