Regeneration to be new County Cathaoirleach’s ‘pet project’

Newly-elected Longford County Council Cathaoirleach Gerry Warnock, pictured with his his father Christy, wife Rachel, Katie and Rian. Photo: Willie Farrell
Incoming Cathaoirleach of Longford County Council, Cllr Gerry Warnock has vowed to oversee the regeneration of Longford town during his time in office.

Incoming Cathaoirleach of Longford County Council, Cllr Gerry Warnock has vowed to oversee the regeneration of Longford town during his time in office.

Cllr Warnock succeeded outgoing Cathaoirleach Cllr Mark Casey at the Council’s Annual General Meeting last night (Wednesday).

In his opening address to his 17 fellow locally elected representatives, Cllr Warnock said he “would not be found wanting” in making those ambitions become reality.

“That will be my pet project,” he maintained.

“Not only because it’s in our county town, but because I firmly believe it is essential for the future growth and development of this county.”

As he took the seal of office from his predecessor, Cllr Warnock also paid tribuute to his wife Rachel and two children.

They were matched by similarly heartfelt words to his father and former Longford Town Cllr Christy and his late mother, Maureen.

Laying claim to his father’s nine separate terms as Longford Town Mayor, the local authority employee admitted he was following a rich and proud tradition.

“I have grown up with this thing (politics) all my life so it’s a huge honour for me to be able to take up this position and it’s a very proud moment for me and my family.”

The man he replaced, Cllr Casey, said there had been many highlights during his time in office, not least the proposed development of Center Parcs, the openings of both a restored St Mel’s Cathedral and new fire station in Lanesboro.

That said, the Lanesboro representative admitted there had been some disappointments to his time in the chair.

At the top of that list, he said, was the lack of IDA visits to the county over the past number of years and the continuing difficulties in securing delegations to meet government ministers.

“That’s something that needs to be sorted sooner rather than later.

“If they (ministers) cannot hear our problems, they cannot fix them,” he said.