New Ross engineer’s contribution to district over 18 years is praised

Daniel McCartan.

David LoobyNew Ross Standard

The contribution of senior executive engineer Dan McCartan to the clean water supply of the New Ross district and to heritage projects within the area was acknowledged at the May New Ross Municipal District meeting.

The Co Down native started working in New Ross in 2005, some 18 years ago.

Cathaoirleach Cllr Michael Sheehan led the tributes to Mr McCartan for his service to the area. He welcomed Padraig Lyng, who is replacing him.

Several councillors praised Mr McCartan, who leaves Wexford County Council to work with Usice Eireann, for being helpful and always at the other end of the phone when an emergency arose.

District director Eamonn Hore said: “Dan was well able to look after his patch. He dealt with an antiquated infrastructure and kept the water and sewerage of a very good quality in New Ross and was responsible for upgrading an awful lot of it. He certainly made my life an awful lot easier.”Mr Hore said Mr Lyng is very experienced and will be a great replacement.

Mr McCartan said: “It’s been a pleasure working with you all. You have always been very positive in relation to what was being done.”

Recalling some of the key projects he worked on, Mr McCartan said the major upgrade of the Taylorstown treatment plant – which constitutes a 400km network of piping saw huge benefits to water quality, as did works in Castlemoyle in New Ross.

“Taylorstown’s network is double that of New Ross’s.”He thanked the staff he worked with in New Ross.

“You are very lucky to have all of them. They are all great people to work with. Keep supporting the improvement in water services.

“My last week in New Ross was the big water outage which saw our teams work from 7 a.m. till 11 p.m. that Saturday and Sunday. I don’t think we could have done any better.”

Cllr Sheehan thanked Mr McCartan and his staff for their hard work that weekend and wished him well in his new role.