Thursday 19 April 2018

Tributes paid to visionary Cork businessman

Michael Conlon, former chairman of Bord Gáis
Michael Conlon, former chairman of Bord Gáis
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

Tributes have been paid to former Bord Gáis chairman, Michael Conlon (90), who died after a long illness.

Mr Conlon was hailed as a visionary civil servant and businessman who left an indelible mark on every enterprise he was involved with.

The father-of-seven was responsible for the effective emergence of modern Cork complete with the city's first high-rise building, County Hall, and the design of its new suburban landscape. He served at Cork Co Council for 19 years.

Mr Conlon then worked with the Cork and Limerick Savings Bank, successfully steering the financial institution into its modern Trustee Savings Bank (TSB) form.

He also served at the helm of Bord Gáis and oversaw enormous investment in gas pipelines and distribution networks nationwide.

Mr Conlon died at the Beaumont Care Centre after a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease.

Cork Co Council chief executive, Tim Lucey, hailed the legacy of his predecessor.

"He was a visionary leader of the council at a time of early modern economic development of the county in the 1960s and 70s, paving the way for the facilitation of many major future developments particularly in the Ringaskiddy area which continue to be of significance to our economy," he said.

Mr Conlon was predeceased by his wife, Kitty.

Irish Independent

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