Wicklow People (West Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By EIMEAR DODD

CLLR Gerry O’Neill was elected Cathaoir­leach of Balt­in­glass Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­trict at the first an­nual meet­ing of the new five-year term.

Cllr Patsy Glennon nom­i­nated Cllr O’Neill and this was sec­onded by Cllr Ed­ward Tim­mins.

The vote was unan­i­mous with mem­bers of­fer­ing their sup­port and best wishes to the newly elected chair for the year ahead. Cllr Patsy Glennon was elected as Leas Cathaoir­leach.

Cllr Vin­cent Blake and Cllr Avril Cronin were ap­pointed to the Wick­low County Coun­cil Joint Polic­ing Com­mit­tee. Cllr O’Neill was ap­pointed to the Lo­cal Trav­eller Ac­com­mo­da­tion Con­sul­ta­tive Com­mit­tee and Cllr Glennon was ap­pointed to the Wick­low County Coun­cil Tourism Ltd.

Cllr O’Neill thanked mem­bers and ex­tended a wel­come to newly elected coun­cil­lors. He said one of his pri­or­i­ties was to carry out a ‘health check’ in west Wick­low around lo­cal is­sues on hous­ing, and other in­fras­truc­ture. ‘Peo­ple feel they have been left be­hind,’ said Cllr O’Neill. ‘West Wick­low is a ‘gate­way for tourism but the in­fras­truc­ture is not in place.’

A mo­tion was put for­ward to look into this with any re­sults to be pre­sented to the rel­e­vant gov­ern­ment de­part­ments.

Of­fi­cials and elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives in Balt­in­glass.

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