New manager rings the changes at Limerick City Council

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

LIMERICK’s new ‘supermanager’ Conn Murray has announced a series of staff position changes at City Hall.

LIMERICK’s new ‘supermanager’ Conn Murray has announced a series of staff position changes at City Hall.

Kieran Lehane, who was acting city manager up until Mr Murray’s appointment, has been given the portfolio of Transportation, Infrastructure, Sport and Culture.

Meanwhile, former arts director Pat Dowling is now the head of human resources, corporate services and the city development board.

There are no major changes to the positions held by Caroline Curley and Pat Murnane.

They stay as directors of environment and finance respectively.

Meanwhile, Oliver O’Loughlin also retains his role as head of the regeneration process.

He was given this position following the disbanding of the regeneration agency last summer.

Southside Fine Gael councillor Jim Long welcomed the changes.

He said Mr O’Loughlin’s position is the most important

“I would warmly welcome the appointment of Oliver O’Loughlin into housing. These are crucial areas of concern and issue in the city as we speak,” Cllr Long said.

“He needs, requires and demands the utmost respect and support from all staff and the elected members in reversing what is now known as a disaster throughout our communities.”

Cllr Long added Mr Lehane’s move to Sport and Culture is welcome, particularly due to Limerick’s status of City of Culture in 2014.

“This is a department which needs a hands on approach, and the image of Limerick can also be addressed with Kieran at the helm,” he concluded. The councillor is not surprised at the changes.