Call for Applications Wexford – Music Generation Development Officer. Deadline: 12 noon on Monday, January 15, 2018

This is a great opportunity for someone dynamic and with a passion for music education, to join Waterford and Wexford ETB at a time of exciting change in the music education landscape in Ireland.Wexford County Council and the Arts Office is delighted to be partnering with WWETB on the roll out of this programme and working closely with Music Generation in the coming years” Liz Burns – County Arts Officer


Closing date 15th January 2018


Waterford and Wexford ETB, as Lead Partner for Wexford Music Education Partnership, seeks to employ a Music Generation Development Officer for County Wexford to implement its plans for the provision of performance music education for children and young people in the county. 


The role of Music Generation Officer offers an exciting opportunity for someone dynamic and with a passion for music education, to join Waterford and Wexford ETB at a time of exciting change in the music education landscape in Ireland.


We are seeking a skilled professional with significant experience in music development and/or music education or a relevant artistic field. The successful candidate will ideally have a breadth of experience and understanding of performance music education across a range of ages, genres of music and contexts, and will have relevant management experience in project planning/delivery and/or developmental initiatives. There is also the potential, subject to qualifications and experience, for the Music Generation Development Officer to be involved in the delivery of some programmes, however this is not mandatory.




To qualify for appointment candidates must:

· Have a third-level qualification in music or music education or a related field.

· Have a proven track record of at least three years’ experience in music development, music education management, or a relevant artistic field

· Have an excellent understanding of music, arts and education policies and the local music/music education sector



· Experience of leading and developing musician/artistic teams

· A strong track record of playing a key role in actively developing and sustaining strategic partnerships

· Management and administration experience, including financial and budget management

· Experience of preparing reports, statistical information, and meeting other reporting requirements

· Strong communication skills, including written, verbal, and digital





· Leadership, Initiative and Managing Teams


· Drive, Commitment and Delivery of Results


· Leads Effective Partnerships and Networks


· Music Generation Programme Management and Development 

The successful candidate will:

· Be a highly-motivated and diligent individual, with a passion for and commitment to music education

· Have excellent leadership capability with the capacity to champion, energise, motivate and manage teams, deliver successful results and make things happen

· Be a strategic thinker with a high level of proficiency in planning and organisational skills and a natural capacity to manage a busy and varied role

· Have excellent interpersonal skills with capacity to develop and sustain partnerships with a range of groups, individuals and organisations from a variety of sectors

· Have an entrepreneurial mind-set, with an aptitude for the challenges of achieving success



For further information and to download job spec & application form go to:



Completed application forms must be submitted by email to: by 12 noon on Monday, January 15, 2018



Susan Murphy,

Clerical Officer,

Arts Department,

Block D,

Wexford County Council,

County Hall,



Y35 WY93


Tel: 053 9196441

Email: susan.murphy @


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@WexfordCoCo opens Book of Condolences following fatal road traffic accident at Cushinstown, New Ross (@IrishCentral )

Press Release – Wednesday 6 December, 2017:

Cathaoirleach of New Ross Municipal District Councillor Willie Fitzharris opened a Book of Condolence at the Tholsel New Ross this afternoon as a gesture of sympathy to the families of those killed following a tragic road accident at Cushinstown, Wexford on Monday evening last, 4 December.

Speaking at today’s opening of the Book of Condolences, Councillor Fitzharris said:

This terrible and tragic event has been met with disbelief and profound sympathy by people from all over County Wexford and further afield. Our hearts go out to the families of those killed and we open this Book of Condolences to offer the public a tangible opportunity to express their sadness and to record their sympathy with the bereaved families at this very difficult time.”

The Books of Condolences is available for signing by members of the public at the New Ross Municipal District offices of Wexford County Council, The Tholsel, New Ross during office hours from today until Friday 22nd December.

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Preparation for 2018 #Town&VillageRenewal Scheme: Information Presentation

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On the retiring of Cllr Anthony Kelly today…

Cllr Kelly is someone I look up to.

His experience has taught me and grounded me.

His sense of humour has been a light in the darkness.

And his strength of character and spirit has been an inspiration – no more so than through his heroic health struggle of the past year.

While I’ll miss being right there beside him; I’m glad both for his sake that he’s retiring – and for our sake that he’s sticking around!

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Why I voted the way I did on @WexfordCoCo rates harmonisation & raise

Many of us – myself included – had committed to the maximum amount of time (10 years) at the lowest rate possible (3% every year for 9 years), for what was legally-obliged equalisation.
There were three issues I wanted dealt with:

1. That the Special Rates Incentive Scheme (SRIS) – for New Ross specifically – could be raised from 15% to 18%, to effectively neutralise the rise over and above the annual New Ross 3% rise needed to equalise with the rest of the County (including rural New Ross district) to the full 21% in 1 year; I raised this in council, municipal, and public meetings four times.

2. The lack of shovel-ready projects breaking ground for New Ross Economic Development Infrastructure – earlier assumed to be in 2019 (two years away, despite rate-payers feeling the cost up front);

3. The fear that since equalisation would be achieved for the specific purpose of raising it – not lowering – (legally, only when they are equalised, can the county rate change), this would be a relentless march upwards.

This is what happened:

a) It was notably added to the final proposals, that the 15% New Ross SRIS would get another 2% (for a total of 17%) with the county-wide raise (from the now equalised base);

b) It was demonstrated that, with the lifting of the previous RIS cap of €500 benefit, this 17% would be of greater financial benefit to ratepayers than 18% on equalisation – or even 21% with the county post-equalisation raise;

c) After discussion amongst the New Ross councillors (we left the main meeting to do so), and prompted by our chairman Willie Fitzharris in the main meeting, the Chief executive agreed the officials would not propose any further changes to the New Ross SRIS for 3 years – after which, we would taper it down to meet the County level (as we would have had to do under the 10 year equalisation anyway);

d) the Chief Executive had agreed that no County rates increase would be sought by officials for the next two years;

d) on the proposal of Cllr Johnny Mythen, the elected Members as a whole gave a show of hands in favour of honouring this commitment also;

e) the New Ross Advance Factory project has been notably moved up in the county timetable from 2019 previously, to 2018 currently.

What this means:

1. New Ross Town ratepayers should take maximum advantage of the SRIS to neutralise the effects county-wide equalisation. With about 40% participation in the current RIS, this will mean a non-trivial cultural change needed – but this is incentivised by the lifting of the previous €500 cap. It will also be facilitated by the now repeatedly publicly stated commitment by the rates department to flexibly and constructively work with individual ratespayers to tailor payments – even tapering according to season. Effectively, with SRIS, New Ross ratepayers take two-years of the previous annual equalisation, up front – and this is then held flat for two years, before the benefit starts to taper -off after year 3 (remembering: equalisation would have occurred at 3% per year anyway).

2. From my own direct queries: the move-up of the Advance Factory project, could break ground as early as Summer 2018. This would be if a company accepted planning proposed as-is (should an incoming company – that had committed – want to tweak plans, this would require a planning alteration that could push that back to the second half of 2018). This would be a new, or expanding business in the area – not an existing one substituting space. So in addition to the immediate construction footfall and buzz for the town, there would be new jobs for thr town and district following right after.

3. There is no way we can legally oblige a following-year’s council to obey a command to keep rates flat; but a public commitment from the Executive, and a public show of hands by current county councillors in support of New Ross district, together with district and county cross-party support, is credible (in the way that previous rhetoric on other issues was not); the rationale offered by the Executive – historically low expense of borrowing (1% for 20 years) to finance our own economic development, rather than waiting for someone else to act, is compelling.
These are the reasons, after a great deal of debate (even within my own party) and bargaining, that I voted in favour.

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#Town&VillageRenewal Scheme 2018: Calling all Community  Development Groups in Co. Wexford

(From @WexfordCoCo )


In order to prepare for an anticapated announcement in 2018 the Community Section of Wexford County Council intends to hold 4 Open Workshops – one in each of the main towns – to prepare Community Action Groups to be in a position to make a competitive application if any such funding is made available in 2018.

The Workshops will also inform both the Communities and the Council interactions going forward.

The VENUE, TIMES and DATES for these WORKSHOPS are as follows:


Gorey “The Mill Suite, Amber Springs Hotel” Monday the 27th November 2017 at 7.00pm

New Ross “The Ballroom, Brandon House Hotel” Tuesday the 28th November 2017 at 7.00pm

Wexford “McCarthy Suite, Clayton Whites Hotel” Monday the 4th December 2017 at 7.00pm

Enniscorthy “Edward Suite, Riverside Park Hotel” Tuesday the 5th December 2017 at 7.00pm

To register to attend the workshop of choice please email and request a registration form, complete same and return prior to the workshop date or ring the Community Development Section of Wexford County Council on Tel: 053 9196611 or 9196550. Please note that groups can register on the night and may attend the venue of their choice.

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Leading national housing campaigner for Gorey Meeting, this Thursday

Sinn Féin spokesperson on housing Eoin Ó Broin T.D. will join with Cllr. Johnny Mythen to address solutions to the county’s housing crisis at a public meeting which will be held in the Loch Garman Arms Hotel, Gorey this Thursday at 7.30pm.

Speaking in advance of the meeting, local party councillor Fionntán Ó Súilleabháin is encouraing the public to turn out and express their views.

This is a great opportunity for those concerned about the housing crisis in County Wexford to not only have their say but to hear probably the most articulate politician in Ireland on solutions to the housing crisis. Eoin has been the leading campaigning TD in Ireland on the housing issue, in my opinion, and was instrumental in pulling together the Oireachtas all-party committee on housing and homelessness which made 70 detailed recommendations.

Wexford general election candidate Cllr. Johnny Mythen articulated these recommendations and other radical solutions at his party’s Ard Fheis over the weekend.

We hope local people won’t miss the opportunity to hear both, and also have their own say.

-Fionntán Ó Súilleabháin

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Council left fighting rearguard action, to cover government housing inaction – O’Connell

In advance of Wexford County Council’s Special Meeting on Housing this Friday, Cllr Oisin O’Connell has criticised the overall lack of investment by central government, leading to what he calls a “rearguard fight” being left up to the County Council, and a vision skewed toward public funding of private over social solutions.
“The current New Ross District social housing stock is 1,137. The number of households seeking assistance outstanding is 578. That’s just over 50% more than we have in capital stock. What we are seeing is an increased use of private provision to fill not a gap, but a chasm that has been allowed to grow unchecked.”
“The total current private provision is at 234 – a bit less than half the outstanding seekers of housing. One concern I have is that the three-year housing plan is going to exacerbate that overall ratio in favour of public funds going to private over public provision, but without necessarily solving the existing problem.”
“The total private provision over three years is planned to be 437 units – this is a ratio of about 243% more than the planned increase in social housing of 180. Again, that’s over three years, on paper.”
“If we just look at the current unsatisfied demand for social housing in the district – 578 – even if, by some miracle, the combined new buildings and acquisitions (77), and private provisions (111) due for this year were to come online before the end of the year, that would be 188: less than one third (32.5%) of the people on the existing waiting list.”

“Let’s assume that everyone on the current waiting list gets housed, somehow, after a mere three years. We have the highest birthrate in the EU, and have haemmorrhaged 400,000 people over the last decade. Do we expect the birthrate to plummet, and to indefinitely export our people to benefit the slashing of local government funds, and a lack of vision for housing? Wexford County Council and residents are left fighting a rearguard action to make up for central government inaction.”
“Or perhaps that is their implicit mission statement: emigration as safety-valve for successive governments, who favour the increased direction of public funds to private interests, to solve social problems.”

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Cllr @JohnnyMythenSF unanimously chosen as @SinnFeinIreland #GeneralElection candidate for @WexfordSF

Sinn Fein held their General election convention in the historical town of Ferns, last Thursday night.
A large crowd attended including vice president of Sinn Fein Mary Lou Mc Donald T.D. and Liadh Ní Riada M.E.P. Ireland South.
Cllr Johnny Mythen was unanimously selected by all Sinn Fein cumann’s in wexford to go forward as their candidate in the next general election.
Cllr Mythen said 

“I am very humbled but also very proud to accept the nomination, we were very unlucky not to take a seat on the last occasion with a mere 31 votes separating myself and Paul Kehoe T.D.. I believe the next time round we can take a seat in County Wexford..The party support is growing at a good steady rate and we are in the process of acquiring a full time office in Enniscorthy, we also have a strategic election plan in place. so things are looking bright for the future”.

“The reason for our early convention is a simple one.”

“We believe a general election can be called at any moment because the current Governments position is a volatile one. Relying on a motley crew of independents and a subject to a confidence and supply deal that requires a nod from Fianna Fail on every piece of legislation or bill passed.”
“A good example of this is the election of 2 Fine Gael Taoisigh supported by a party that are claiming to be the main opposition?”

Cllr Mythen concluded from a quote by Benjamin Franklin “if you fail to plan then you plan to fail”


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