TRIBUTES have been paid to Independent Newspapers' finance administrator Harry Allen, whose retirement today brings his family's century-long ties with the company to a close.
Harry, who celebrated his 63rd birthday yesterday, was presented with a book marking his time with Independent News and Media (INM) by group human resources director Declan Carlyle and his colleagues.
From Palmerstown in Dublin, Harry has worked with INM for 45 years and volunteered as the treasurer of the Independent Newspapers Credit Union. He also offered his considerable expertise as trustee of the Independent Newspapers pension scheme.
He followed in the footsteps of his father Billy, who worked as head of circulation and accounting, while Harry's grandfather, Henry J Allen, was a reporter with the Irish Independent.
"It's fantastic and I'm honoured," Harry said.
"I have loads of memories through a great period of change, but it is the camaraderie which I will always remember between the journalists, the print, the commercial and the circulation and delivery end of things," he said.
"I'm expecting a grandchild in the coming days as well. My son Robert and his wife Pavlina are expecting a child, so it's a double celebration," he said.
"Behind every man there is a great woman and I'm looking forward to spending many relaxing days at home with my wife Elizabeth in Dunboyne."