TRIBUTES have been paid to John Madden, executive engineer for the Kilmallock area, who is retiring from his post after 11 years.
The quietly spoken Corkman was commended by staff and councillors at a Kilmallock area meeting for his dedication to the job and for his even-handed approach to matters.
“I want to pay tribute to him for his endeavours and professionalism,” said Gerard O’Connor, senior executive engineer.
“He gets on with the job and has a tremendous knowledge of the area. He is a people’s man and is very popular among the outdoor staff and the indoor staff. We will be sad to see him go and we want to wish him and Mary the best of health and happiness for the future.”
The Fermoy man was attending his last local area meeting having been in the Kilmallock area for 11 and a half years. He joined Limerick County Council 13 years ago having previously worked with Cork County Council.
Cllr Bill O’Donnell said John was “a pleasure to work with”.
“He is famous for never saying no and always having a solution or a proposal for any sort of a problem,” said Cllr O’Donnell.
“I think the whole country knew John and probably had harassed him from time to time in relation to potholes. He is terribly well-known and terribly well respected. I wish him the best of luck for the future and in particular the best of luck for Cheltenham,” he said, raising laughter all round.
Cllr David Moloney and Cllr Eddie Ryan said John’s local knowledge “will be a huge loss and whoever takes your place, they will have huge shoes to fill”.
Cllr Mike Donegan described him as a “cool, calm and collected person” who was always “very professional”.
Cllr Mike Houlihan said John treated each councillor fairly and with respect. Director of travel and transportation with the local authority, Paul Crowe, paid tribute to John for his efforts over the years. John thanked the councillors and staff for their kind words.
He said when he came to Kilmallock initially, he had the pleasure of working with four very popular and respected councillors. They retired in 2009. “They had a very high standard professionally and personally and you have all managed, somehow, to maintain that,” he smiled to chuckles of laughter from the five sitting councillors. “It has been a pleasure working with you all.”