Praise for Curran as he leaves role

Published 02/08/2014 | 00:00

Michael Curran (left), Louth County Council, Valerie Atterson, Peace III Programme, Paddy Matthews, Chairman, Dundalk Chamber of Commerce. Ramona Nicholas, Cara Pharmacy & Dragon's Den, Valerie Atterson, Ronan Dennedy, CEO Louth Enterprise Board and Cllr. Leonard Hatrick at the 'Business without Borders' Conference in The Crowne Plaza.

TRIBUTES were paid to Michael Curran at the July meeting of Louth County Council, as he departs his role at the Louth Local Authorities Economic Development Unit.

Mr. Curran, who has served with the council for almost 15 years, will leave his post at the end of August.

Councillors paid tribute to his contribution to the county since 1999 at last week's meeting.

Cllr. Declan Breathnach wished Mr. Curran well, saying that he was fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with him.

Cllr. Colm Markey added his tributes, in particular for Michael Curran's role in 'developing new technologies in Louth, and for his expertise in cross-border and economic issues'.

Cllr. Edel Corrigan said Mr. Curran would be a 'great loss to Louth County Council' and she credited him for his work in establishing the European office, and for his pro-active approach in teaching others about cross-border issues.

Cllr. Peter Savage paid his own tributes, adding: 'Your reputation is very highly regarded along the border region for your expertise on border issues, and I thank you for your service to the county.'

Cllr. Marianne Butler wished him well in the future, saying that she had enjoyed working with him on the Environmental Strategic Policy Committee.

Cllr. Richie Culhane wished him 'health, happiness, and success in the future.'

Chief Executive Joan Martin acknowledged that it had been 'a big decision to leave us' and said the July meeting would be his last with Louth County Council.

She paid tribute to him for his 15 years service to the local authority, adding: 'Even before that Michael worked closely with us through his role at the International Fund for Ireland.

'On behalf of the staff, and on my own behalf I want to wish you well in the future.'

Thanking the councillors and staff for their tributes, Mr. Curran explained that he was not retiring but hoping to move on to new challenges.

He said there were a number of highlights during his 15 years, including the presidential visit of Bill Clinton in 2000, his work in establishing the County Development Board and the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

He added his pride that the Louth Economic Forum was a model that was now being rolled out nationally.

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