AN ACCOUNTANT and financial advisor has been appointed as the new chairman of Limerick Market Trustees following a shake-up of the board since the departure of its former manager, writes Anne Sheridan.
At their annual general meeting, which was held on Friday last, the Limerick Market Trustees appointed Mícheál Ó Laoide, of Mercury Consulting chartered accountants as chairman, and Órlaith Borthwick, of Limerick Chamber, as the incoming secretary.
Speaking about his appointment, Mr Ó Laoide said there is much excitement about the future of Limerick’s much loved Milk Market and how it can progress further in the future. “I look forward to the year ahead in my role as chairman and want to thank my fellow Trustees for electing me. There is an energy and enthusiasm among the trustees about the future of market operations in Limerick.
“With the support of my fellow trustees I believe we can ensure that markets in Limerick continue on the path of positive growth in a manner that will ensure a sustainable future,” he said.
Mr O Laoide said the Milk Market is a “unique asset for this region” and he believes there is a “bright future ahead”. He noted that the Friday market is now operating until 7pm, the Saturday market continuing to thrive and activity on Sundays is also growing.
The trustees thanked outgoing chairman Michael Sheehan for his contribution over the past four years. The trustees also extended “unanimous appreciation” to David O’Brien, the outgoing secretary, who earlier in the year resigned from his role as manager of the Milk Market. Mr O’Brien has now taken up a new role in Limerick Civic Trust, after that position was vacated by James Ring, who was appointed to the Chamber.