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Gov’t seeks to rename Admin Complex in honour of Hon Ralph T. O’Neal OBE

Gov’t seeks to rename Admin Complex in honour of Hon Ralph T. O’Neal OBE

The Hon Andrew A. Fahie - led Virgin Islands Government will be tabling a resolution at the continuation of the Seventh Sitting of the First Session of the Fourth House of Assembly (HoA) today, October 18, 2019 for the Central Administration Complex to be renamed in honour of the man who gave a majority of his life to public service, Honourable Ralph T. O’Neal OBE.
The resolution will be debated in the House of Assembly today for the HoA Member Emeritus, Hon O’Neal, the first Premier of the Virgin Islands and longest serving Member of Parliament in the English speaking Caribbean, to be honored appropriately.

Minister for Transportation, Works and Utilities, Hon Kye M. Rymer confirmed to our newsroom minutes ago that he will table the resolution for debate and vote by Members.

That is expected to be done sometime after the HoA lunch recess .

Hon O'Neal, who started his public service career as a school teacher, served over 60 years in public life, including 40 years as an elected representative.

He served in almost every ministry of government and became Chief Minister in 1995, after the death of late Chief Minister, H. Lavity Stoutt.

The news of the renaming plans comes on the heels of reports that Hon O’Neal, 85, has been hospitalised for more than a week.
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