Sar­gent lends his sup­port to keep­ing Wick­low Gaol open

Bray People - - News -

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.

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