Council honours for John and Madeleine
WEXFORD COUNTY Council has acknowledged what it described as ‘the major contribution’ made by former CEO of Wexford Chamber, Madeleine Quirke, and retired Garda Chief Superintendent John Roche, to the work of the local authority and the overall development of Wexford.
The presentations were made at a ceremony in County Hall on Monday, April 9, prior to the members’ monthly meeting.
The Chairperson of the local authority, Cllr. John Hegarty, complimented Ms. Quirke and Chief Supt. Roche for their devotion to their work and to the county, and his sentiments were echoed by the Chief Executive Officer of Wexford County Council, Tom Enright, who hightlighted the ongoing level of cooperation that exists between the Gardai, the Chamber and the Council.
Speaking to this newspaper about the event Communications Officer, David Minogue, said the presentations were made on behalf of everyone in the local authority.
‘They were made in recognition of the outstanding contribution they made to the work of the Council,’ he said.
‘We were anxious that their respective roles were acknowledged,’ he added.
Well-known artist, Maeve Doherty, was commissioned to produce two paintings reflecting the areas in which both recipients worked.
The painting presented to Ms Quirke contained the Ballast offices which were the former home of Wexford Chamber while Chief Supt. Roche was given a painting of Roche’s Road, in Wexford, which is where the former Garda Station was located.
Both recipients expressed gratitude for the acknowledgement and said it was a pleasure to work with the local authority and on behalf of the people of the county.
Retired Chief Superintendent John Roche is presented with a painting of Roche’s road by (from left) John Carley, Director of Services, Wexford County Council; Cllr Michael Whelan, Chairman, JPC Committee; Cllr John Hegarty, Cathaoirleach, Wexford...