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Gerry finishes term as chair

Cllr O'Neill said housing was a major focus during time as Cathaoirleach

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Incoming Cathaoirleach Cllr Patsy Glennon and Cllr Gerry O’Neill

Incoming Cathaoirleach Cllr Patsy Glennon and Cllr Gerry O’Neill

Incoming Cathaoirleach Cllr Patsy Glennon and Cllr Gerry O’Neill

Councillor Gerry O'Neill said housing was his main focus during his term of cathaoirleach.

In an address to members of the Baltinglass Municipal District, the outgoing cathaoirleach thanked his fellow councillors and municipal district staff for their work over the last 12 months.

Referring to a recent period of ill-health, Cllr O'Neill said district administrator Garvan Hickey had been his 'guardian a kept him up-to-date on issues within the district.

He highlighted that Covid-19 had meant the last few months had been a 'strange period' requiring 'different arrangements' to be put in place.

Cllr O'Neill said he had 'made every effort to make housing an issue', over the last 12 months. Referring to a new development in Baltinglass, Cllr O'Neill said he hoped a similar development in Blessington would also progress.

'It's been a rough time for all with Covid,' Cllr O'Neill said.

Referring to the County Development Plan, he said he hoped the incoming chair might consider having conversations with councillors about the plan for West Wicklow to see what 'amendments can be made'.

'Blessington is a beautiful big area, but without the plan we can't move on'.

He finished by thanking his fellow councillors once more and said they had been great to work with over the last 12 months.

Cllr Vincent Blake (FG) thanked Cllr O'Neill for his work throughout the year and for highlighting the issue of housing.

'It was not possible to deliver everything,' he said, complimenting Cllr O'Neill for conducting meetings of the municipal district in a fair manner.

Cllr John Mullen (FF) also congratulated Cllr O'Neill for his term as chair.

'You've been very helpful to me as a new councillor, showing me the ropes and encouraging us to air our views.'

He said Cllr O'Neill always had the interest of the municipal district at heart and had made sure councillors were kept informed during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Breege Kilkenny, district manager, thanked Cllr O'Neill on behalf of council staff, saying authenticity and dedicated passion for West Wicklow were among his defining qualities.

'You've done lots for the whole district,' she added.

Mr Hickey thanked Cllr O'Neill for his fairness and impartiality during his time in the role of cathaoirleach of the Baltinglass Municipal District.

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