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‘Rename Admin Complex after Hon Ralph T. O’Neal’- Hon Walwyn

Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn has made a call for the Central Administration Complex to be renamed after Hon Ralph T. O'Neal OBE. Hon Walwyn made the call last evening, May 27, 2015 at the official opening ceremony of the Jeffery Caines Sports Arena on Virgin Gorda as he said Honourable O’Neal is deserving of such honour. Photo: VINO
The Central Administration Complex on Wickham's Cay 1 is where the various departments of government are housed, including the Office of the Premier. Photo: VINO
The Central Administration Complex on Wickham's Cay 1 is where the various departments of government are housed, including the Office of the Premier. Photo: VINO
Hon O'Neal's time in the House of Assembly will come to a close following the upcoming general elections since he will not be seeking re-election. Photo: VINO
Hon O'Neal's time in the House of Assembly will come to a close following the upcoming general elections since he will not be seeking re-election. Photo: VINO
The immediate past Chairman of the main opposition Virgin Islands Party (VIP) and Ninth District Representative, Hon. O'Neal, was also present at the ceremony. Photo: VINO
The immediate past Chairman of the main opposition Virgin Islands Party (VIP) and Ninth District Representative, Hon. O'Neal, was also present at the ceremony. Photo: VINO
VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI - Minister for Education and Culture, Hon Myron V. Walwyn has made a call for the Central Administration Complex, the Government headquarters of the Virgin Islands (VI), to be renamed in honour of veteran political icon Hon Ralph T. O'Neal, OBE.

Hon Walwyn made the call last evening, May 27, 2015 at the official opening ceremony of the Jeffery Caines Sports Arena on Virgin Gorda as he said Honourable O’Neal is deserving of such honour.

The Territorial At Large candidate with the National Democratic Party also reminded that it was he who had suggested during the Virgin Gorda Easter Festival’s official opening ceremony that something of significance be named after Hon. O'Neal, who served the territory in various leadership capacities especially in government for some 40 years.

“I am proposing that the Central Administration Complex at Road Town be named as the Ralph Tilford O’Neal Administrative Complex. It think it’s a very fitting honour for Honourable O’Neal,” said Hon Walwyn as he noted that Hon O’Neal has served in almost every senior management position in the Government of the Virgin Islands.

“In this political season, I have heard him misbehaving a bit on the radio but that has not changed my mind, and it shouldn’t change any one of your opinions about Mr O’Neal, because Mr O'Neal has contributed significantly to the development of this country, not just Virgin Gorda,” Hon Walwyn concluded.

The immediate past Chairman of the main opposition Virgin Islands Party (VIP) and Ninth District Representative, Hon. O'Neal, was also present at the ceremony.

During the VG Easter Festival opening ceremony on April 4, 2015 Hon. Walwyn had made a call for something significant to be named in honour of Hon. O'Neal and said it needed to be done quickly.

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With the General Election of the Virgin Islands less than two weeks away, however, political pundits are questioning the sincerity and timing of Hon Walwyn’s suggestion. Both men have had their back and forth as politicians, with Hon Walwyn even going as far as to call the then former Premier O’Neal an ‘emperor without clothes’ after he (Hon O’Neal) was part of the VG Easter Festival Parade in 2011. Hon O’Neal had criticised Hon Walwyn’s tenure at the helm of the BVI Tourist Board.

The call by Hon Walwyn and his accompanied praises of Hon O’Neal go against the cry of the NDP candidate for the Ninth District, Hubert O’Neal, and supporters that Hon O’Neal has done nothing for the Ninth District in his many years as representative.

“I was so pleased to hear the Minister [for] Education was able to recognise so many good things about Hon Ralph T. O’Neal and all that he has done in Virgin Gorda and the kind of leader he was,” senior Virgin Islands Party member Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) had told this news site in April.

However, Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Chairman Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) had said while the VIP has been known to name things after Virgin Islanders who would have made significant contributions to the development of the territory he doesn’t see the need to be hasty in recognising Hon O’Neal in this way.

“Something fast? I don’t think there is need to rush into naming something after Hon O’Neal. It will happen…You have to make the right decision in naming something and I don’t want anyone to go name something just for the sake of naming it. It has to be something meaningful. We in the Virgin Islands Party have been known to name things after famous people,” Hon Fraser told Virgin Islands News Online when approached for a comment at the Virgin Gorda Easter Parade on April 6, 2015.

Reminding that the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport and the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) are just two examples of where the Virgin Islands Party recognised their local stalwarts, Hon Fraser said “I am sure in due course Hon O’Neal will be properly recognised with something named in his honour.”

Among other infrastructures that have been named in honour of notable VIslanders are Joshua Smith Social Security Building, Auguste George Airport in Anegada, Sir Olva Georges Plaza, Ellis Thomas Downs, Roger Allen Hodge Softball Field in Sea Cows Bay, Althea Scatliffe Primary School, Eileene L. Parsons Auditorium and Valerie O. Thomas Community Centre.

About Hon Ralph T. O’Neal OBE

Ralph Tilford O'Neal, OBE, born December 15, 1933 was the first person to be appointed to the newly titled office by the Governor on August 22, 2007 under the Virgin Islands Constitution adopted in 2007 after leading the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) to a landslide victory in the 2007 General Elections two days earlier.

Hon O'Neal also served a previous term as Chief Minister of the Virgin Islands (as the office was referred to under the old constitution) from 1995 (on the death of H. Lavity Stoutt). He won the next election in 1999, but then subsequently became Leader of the Opposition in the 2003 General Elections, and has held a seat in the House of Assembly, formerly the Legislative Council continuously since 1971. He has since said his time in the House of Assembly will come to a close following the upcoming general elections since he will not be seeking re-election.

He was educated at University of Oxford where he studied Economics.

21 Responses to “‘Rename Admin Complex after Hon Ralph T. O’Neal’- Hon Walwyn”

  • jokers (28/05/2015, 09:09) Like (10) Dislike (20) Reply

    WHAT YOU NEED TO DO IS RENAME THE BVI HI TO- CHARLES WHEATLEY-HI YOU SET OF CR**KS DO ANYTHING FOR POWER VOTE THEM OUT WITH A VENGEANCE

  • dem say (28/05/2015, 09:10) Like (4) Dislike (20) Reply

    You too nuff with yourself saying that Hon. Ralph O'Neal misbehaving a bit on the radio. That you all problem. You all thing everyone is kiss me @$$ children with you all!

  • Black Beauty (28/05/2015, 09:14) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    He is deserving of this honor. Make it a reality.
  • Hmm (28/05/2015, 09:21) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Call it "Sleepy Hollow!?
  • jj (28/05/2015, 09:21) Like (14) Dislike (28) Reply
    Mvw go sit down your desperate self with another political gimick
  • Rename the complex (28/05/2015, 09:32) Like (45) Dislike (2) Reply
    Its time to give the man his flowers while he can smell them. A good idea is a good idea no matter who it comes from.
  • MW (28/05/2015, 10:16) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is an excellent idea- it is non partisan- and should be done immediately
  • HMP (28/05/2015, 10:20) Like (8) Dislike (16) Reply
    Lets name the jail off myron
  • GUN Creek Massive (28/05/2015, 12:17) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    For political reasons with people's minds they play. A name for this, a name for that wanting people to fall in their trap, please cut the crap and give Mr. O'neal some slack. He's OUR ONEAL
  • yahoo (28/05/2015, 13:32) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
    Oh the gimmicks, bamboozleing and slight of hand. So this is what you all up to. We people of the BVI never forget how we got here or who help get us here and Mr. O'Neal will get all that is his. People stay focus and don't let these people mix you up and confuse you, ask yourselves the right questions listen and understand what is being said. Don't get swept away in the sea of massive billboards and slogan t-shirt hype. We deserve much more and much better than this.
    • @yahoo (28/05/2015, 15:28) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
      Why don't you show them better than action what speak louder than words what's VIP record in the last sixteen years ooooooops bye water, Greenhouses , light @ round about it continue show me that kind of blunders under the government were taking care and saving tax payers monies
      • Just saying.... (28/05/2015, 18:49) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
        Ok three and a half long years not one think done fir the people....talk that!
      • yes (28/05/2015, 19:53) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
        Say whatever you all want the majority knows these are pure gimmicks. Release BiWater, start using the greenhouses you all don't see everything imported getting recall. light around the roundabout at least he was trying and did not make big blooper like buying chinese equipment that could not take the pressure paving wrong roads entering in a contract with a company that can get us blacklisted and cause some problems in our economy. More and more and more
  • ccc (28/05/2015, 18:48) Like (3) Dislike (7) Reply
    Send myron back to antigua he does not know a thing about our history
  • father (29/05/2015, 18:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Everything is only for a time. In some years from now this whole phase will be gone. People get older. Let us be sober minded and put up treasures in heaven. Naming a building after someone who is so weak may not even mean much to him. History needs our support. I didn't get honoured for the genuine sacrifice that I made but I learn to live with it. Continue doing good. Unite & thank GOD for progress in this Territory. Congrats to you Hon. R. T. O'Neal.
  • GO SIT DOWN MVW (01/06/2015, 20:05) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why is it only now you want to say such a thing? After you done went and bad talk to man you gonna want to turn back and say rename the building after him? I guess you will say it's just politics. But it is really Politricks.


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