Thursday 17 October 2019

Three council officials retire

Jade McConnell, Niall Gavin and Gareth Sweeney showcasing their experiment for Science Week at Balrothery NS.
Jade McConnell, Niall Gavin and Gareth Sweeney showcasing their experiment for Science Week at Balrothery NS.

THREE senior Fingal County Council officials, with combined experience of more than a century in the public service, have announced their retirements.

Alan Carthy, Director of Water Services, Jim Cunningham, Head of Human Resources and Paul Harris, County Librarian, have all worked with Fingal County Council since its inception in 1994 but had long careers in local government before that. County Manager Dave O'Connor said each of the men had given exceptional service, each of whom has close to 40 years service in local government. 'It is my privilege to have had them as staff, to be able to avail of their experience, talent and wisdom in the service of the people of Fingal and to have had them as exceptional colleagues in public service.' Mr O'Connor said Mr Carthy had served Dublin and Fingal County Councils all his career in capacities in the areas of property, housing and water services.

'In every capacity his dedication to tasks assigned was unstinting. His experience gained has given him an encyclopedic knowledge of local government law and property-related administration.

His career is marked with singular achievements arising from his capacity as an all-round administrator with a focus on targeted outcomes.' Jim Cunningham served Dublin Corporation, Dublin and Fingal County Councils all his career in many capacities and was appointed Head Human Resources 2001. 'Mr Cunningham's knowledge of employment legislation and industrial relations matters generally has made him pre-eminent in his field in local government, a fact reflected in his long-serving involvement in this area on the Local Government Management Services Board.

'An exceptionally talented and astute administrator with great interpersonal skills he has given this council a period virtually free of industrial relations conflict resulting in no working time lost.'

Paul Harris has worked as a librarian for his entire career in Dublin and Fingal County Councils, becoming Fingal County of in Librarian in 1994.

'His career was driven by a singular conviction of the potential and role of the free library service in empowering people through the provision of universal access to knowledge and intellectual development,' Mr O'Connor said.

'His vision has inspired the ethos of the Fingal library service. He took over a service with restricted opening hours, many part-time facilities but a core of staff anxious to serve a better outcome.

'At the end of his service Fingal boasts the largest library in the country, Blanchardstown, the longest opening hours for any library service, a new library in Baldoyle, extended libraries in Malahide, Garristown, Balbriggan and a new library shortly to be opened in Rush.'