Enniscorthy Council pays tribute to Cllr Kathleen –

Pictured at the final meeting of Enniscorthy Municipal District Council’s five-year term in the presentation center (left to right, back row; Cllr Aidan Browne, Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy, Cllr Cathal Byrne, Carolyne Godkin (Director of Services), Neville Shaw (senior engineer) and Claire Lawless (district manager) (Front Row Cllr Jackser Owens, Cathaoirleach Cllr John O’Rourke, Cllr Kathleen Codd-Nolan and Edel Nolan, (administrative officer);

By Dan Walsh at the Enniscorthy Municipal District Meeting in the Presentation Centre

There was a typical ‘end of an era’ atmosphere at yesterday’s (Monday) May meeting of Enniscorthy Municipal District Council, where tributes were paid to retiring Cllr Kathleen Codd-Nolan, others wished each other well on June 7e Local elections, while standard reports and general information were also examined.

Cllr Codd-Nolan is the only sitting member not to seek re-election after twenty years of service and there was perhaps an emotional farewell as she paid tribute to many people including Cathaoirleach Cllr John O’Rourke, Leas-Cathaoirleach Cllr Jacker Owens and Cllrs Aidan Browne, Cathal Byrne and Barbara-Anne Murphy; she also thanked the officials, the press and especially her own family members who gave her the space to work on behalf of the people.

Cllr Codd-Nolan said being a public representative is “a tough job attending events and dedicating your time to public service” and she added: “Enniscorthy is a wonderful town to shop in” and she spoke of “a great ambition for the city. ”

Tributes flowed for Cllr Codd-Nolan. Cllr Owens described her as “a person of character”, Cllr Byrne described her as “determined, dignified and respectful”, Cllr Browne admired her “honesty and fairness”, Cllr Murphy wished Cllr Codd-Nolan “a happy retirement with her family and friends. .”

Carolyne Godkin, Director of Services, joined the discussion on behalf of officers and thanked the Cathaoirleach, Leas-Cathaoirleach and members for their “no-nonsense approach” to serving the city and district. She said it had been a strange 60 months with the Council weathering Covid when “we were all on Zoom”, severe flooding, Brexit and the war in Ukraine. She also congratulated Cllr Codd-Nolan.

Finally, Ms Godkin stated that the biggest challenge for the next five years is investment in the town center (Enniscorthy), while district manager Claire Lawless described the outgoing council as “a pleasure to work with, always efficient and punctual.”