Thursday 23 November 2017

Tributes paid to departing Doyle

WEXFORD'S new County Manager Tom Enright has described his predecessor Adrian Doyle's departure as a 'huge loss to the organisation.'

Mr Enright said the retiring official is 'going to be irreplacable'.

The County Manager was speaking as Mr Doyle attended his last official County Council meeting.

'Adrian has been of great assistance to me since I arrived,' he said. 'I've seen at first hand the respect that elected members and staff have for him.'

Mr Enright said the former Acting County Manager had made a 'huge contribution to local government'.

'He speaks his mind. You can see how passionate he is about the work,' he said. 'He is going to be a huge loss to the organisation. He is going to be irreplaceable. I hope he keeps in touch.'

Chairman Cllr Ted Howlin said he was involved in almost every aspect of local government during his career: 'He was at the forefront of everything to do with Wexford and promoting Wexford. He leaves a very good legacy behind him.'

Cllr Paddy Kavanagh said Mr Doyle could look back with pride on his 43-year contribution to local government.

'You were never one for saying one thing and thinking something else. Everyone around this table knew you as a straight talker, something that I admire,' said Cllr Kavanagh.

Cllr Michael Sheehan described him as an 'absolute credit to County Wexford and to the County Council.'

Cllr George Lawlor spoke about the quiet work that Mr Doyle did behind the scenes for people in need.

Cllr Declan McPartlin described him as 'a very direct man' and added that it is always a pleasure to deal with direct people.

In response, Mr Doyle said he orginally took the job in Wexford County Council for a year to see what he wanted to do. 'I've enjoyed my time in local government. I've seen the best of it,' he said.

He thanked past and present councillors and officials and wished the new County Manager well.

Gorey Guardian

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