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While Malcolm will put First Citizen George into second place 17/07/14

| July 17, 2014

Members of the Wexford Municipal Borough District of the Co. Council were quick last month to attempt to cling to the trappings of the old Borough Council by retaining the position of Mayor and Deputy Mayor.

However, it emerged this week that the so called First Citizen no longer has anything like the standing that the position of the old Mayor of Wexford enjoyed.

Previously the First Citizen of the town took precedence at all official functions in the borough area.

However, the new mayoral position is more like a ‘pretend first citizen’ because in future the Mayor will have to play second fiddle to the Chairman of Wexford Co. Council at events in the town.

Under protocol arrangements agreed last week the Chairman of the Co. Council, currently Gorey’s Malcolm Byrne, will be first person to speak and perform the civic or formal duties at functions.

The Co. Chairman will acknowledge the presence of the Chair of the local Districts at these events, the new protocol states.

It has also been agreed that where a Senior Minister is in attendance at an event the Co. Chairman will be the first person to speak.

Where a function is specifically organised by the local Council then the local Mayor may speak first and they also get to speak first if the event is attended by a Junior Minister rather than a member of the Cabinet.

Therefore, if Brendan Howlin attends an event in Wexford town then Malcolm Byrne will be first to speak leaving George Lawlor to wait his turn. But if Paul Kehoe turns up to an event then George will enjoy pride of place.

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