Moira takes up council hot seat

KILLARNEY native Moira Murrell got the official nod as Chief Executive of Kerry County Council, with the unanimous approval of elected members on Monday.

The move has been welcomed across town, although Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce President Johnny McGuire refused to be drawn on the potential benefits for the town - even though the new leader previously worked in Killarney Town Council.

"We're delighted that the new county manager is a Kerry woman who is familiar with the county, understands its geography and complexity and will be up to speed on just how we are successful," he said. "It has been a year of monumental change in terms of local government and it's great to have a Kerry woman as captain to steer the ship at a time of major change."

Maura began her career in Kerry County Council in 1993 and completed a Masters Degree while working with the local authority. In addition to Killarney Town Council, she also worked in the Environment and Finance departments on Kerry County Council.She then moved to Cork County Council in 2007 as a Director of Services serving three years in the West Cork Division and four years as Divisional Manager in North Cork.

Daughter of Mary and the late Charles Murrell, Maura is married to Brendan O'Neill and the couple have three children: Patrick, MaryAnna and Charles.