IT has been announced that Tom Enright, of Limerick County Council, is to take on the role of director of economic development in the new joint authority.
Mr Enright will take on the role with a view to stimulating investment and job creation across Limerick.
He has had a high-profile role as director of the implementation committee, designed to merge the two local authorities.
On Monday, he will appear before councillors at the economic special policy committee, where he is expected to outline his goals for the role.
The chairman of that committee, Cllr Diarmuid Scully welcomed the appointment, saying: “Obviously, he is a former planning director. In terms of his role with the integration committee, he has been looking at how the city council’s activities can benefit and revitalise the city centre.”
A native of Dungarvan, Co Waterford, Tom Enright has worked in Limerick for almost 20 years and previously held the posts of Director of Environment and Emergency Services and Director of Planning with Limerick County Council.
He is a graduate of University College Cork and Cranfield University in Britain and holds a Masters in Business Administration from Dublin City University.
He has worked with consultants in the private sector together with a number of local authorities.
Mr Enright stated that the new Limerick local authority must place economic development and job creation at the top of its agenda.
“I see great challenges facing Limerick but I also believe that there are real opportunities. Local government must play a pivotal role in ensuring the city and county are excellent places in which to live, do business and to visit,” Mr Enright concluded.