Sargent lends his support to keeping Wicklow Gaol open
TREVOR SARGENT, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food has lent his support to efforts to keep Wicklow Gaol open but not before the Mayor reminded him of the role he believes the Green Party played in the closure.
Mr. Sargent was visiting Wicklow town on Monday, starting with a pop into the Bethlehem school where he discussed the school’s box grow scheme ‘Incredible Edibles’ with the children.
He also arranged to meet Mayor John O’Brien in the town hall, where he handed a letter into the town council outlining his support for the gaol.
While Mayor O’Brien was pleased to accept the Green Party’s support to safe guard the future of Wicklow’s his- toric gaol, he was quick to hand a letter of his own over to Mr. Sargent.
‘I know he isn’t personally responsible himself but it was the Minister for Education, Heritage and Local Government, John Gormley, who ordered these local authority cuts that led to the closure of the gaol.
Mr. Sargent promised to pass on our concerns to Minister Gormley. Maybe there is something the Minister could do to secure the gaol’s future, even under the heading of the ‘Heritage Sector’ within his department,’ says Mayor John O’Brien.
Mr. Sargent was brought on a tour of the gaol and also paid a trip to Newcastle in support of a local initiative to promote a community garden near the community centre.