Outgoing Limerick City Manager expects joint authority to keep two offices

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

OUTGOING Limerick city manager Tom Mackey has said he expects the new joint authority to keep two offices.

OUTGOING Limerick city manager Tom Mackey has said he expects the new joint authority to keep two offices.

Since Local Government Minister Phil Hogan announced the merger of the City and County Council in 2014, it has been unclear where the amalgamated authority will be located - at County Hall in Dooradoyle, or in the heart of Limerick at Merchant’s Quay.

But Mr Mackey who has sat on the implementation committee and finishes his term today said: “I think practically there are two good headquarters available. I think both will be used. Neither are large enough to have all the staff in one building. A system will have to be worked out whereby the new authority shares itself over the two offices.”

Mr Mackey is to take early retirement after nine years as manager. He will be honoured with a Civic Reception this Friday.

Asked what he’ll miss about life at City Hall, he said: “I will miss working with the council and the mayors in trying to do what is best for the city. The camaraderie of working with this group is something I will miss.”

Housing boss Kieran Lehane will replace Mr Mackey in the short term.

*For a full interview with Tom Mackey see this weekend’s Limerick Leader broadsheet edition