Sunday 22 October 2017

Tributes pour in as Clerk of Dail retires after 40 years

Kieran Coughlan, Clerk of the Dail at Leinster House yesterday
Kieran Coughlan, Clerk of the Dail at Leinster House yesterday

Fiach Kelly Political Correspondent

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has led tributes to Kieran Coughlan (pictured), the Clerk of the Dail, who is retiring after 40 years in the Oireachtas.

Mr Coughlan, right, will leave his role as the most senior civil servant in Leinster House in the coming weeks.

The Cork native started work in Leinster House in 1973 and became Secretary General of the Oireachtas, also known as the Dail Clerk, in 1990. Prior to that he served as assistant clerk of the Dail, as well as clerk of the Seanad.

Mr Kenny thanked Mr Coughlan for "a long and distinguished career of public service to the State".

"Kieran arrived in Leinster House in 1973 and obviously has served in many roles in the Houses of the Oireachtas. All members can agree this is a very different place than it was 40 years ago.

"I have known Kieran Coughlan for all these years and state publicly that through all that time, the outstanding characteristic of this Clerk of the Dail was his absolute integrity in all his dealings with matters of public life and of the Houses of the Oireachtas. He has served this State with distinction, honour and loyalty, as well as with great integrity."

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore said Mr Coughlan "epitomises" public service at its best.

Irish Independent

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