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Joan first CEO of Louth Council

THE first ever Chief Executive Officer of Louth County Council was officially welcomed into her new role at the September meeting .

Joan Martin told members that she was 'delighted' to have been awarded the top job, especially as it was in her home county.

'I am, however, probably not getting the job at the best of times,' she added, highlighting the economic recession which has impacted severely on council function and services.

'I have been with the council through good and bad times before, and hopefully we will find ourselves in the next few years in a position to do all of the things that I know you as councillors want to do.'

Ms. Martin said that she saw the next few years as being focused on ' bedding in' the new local government system.

She also highlighted the challenges ahead facing many sectors, including business and retail, he new economic development board and plans for community and economic development.

But she raised a number of key areas where she hoped progress could be made in the next few years, including the Narrow Water bridge, the Drogheda Port Access Route and the council building in Drogheda which was damaged by fire, and which she said the local authority hope would yet be turned into a centre for third level education.

Joan's career in the public services goes back almost forty years, most ow which was spent with Louth County Council where she took up the post of clerical officer at Christmas of 1979. She has been with the organisation most of that time apart from a brief secondment with the cross border local authority group East Border Region for a number of years.

Irish Independent