LIMERICK City Council director of service Oliver O’Loughlin is to head up the new dedicated office for regeneration, it has been confirmed.
Minister for Housing and Planning Jan O’Sullivan had confirmed that following the end of the regeneration agency’s five year remit this June, it would come under the control of the local authority.
Now, Mr O’Loughlin, who until now has held a variety of roles in the council, will head up the new office dealing with the large housing scheme.
It will be his job ov er the next few months to begin the process of bringing the various facets of regeneration into one dedicated office working with current chief executive Brendan Kenny.
Deputy city manager Kieran Lehane said Mr O’Loughlin will work in parallel with the regeneration agencies.
“In the past, he has provided a link to the wider council, including the planning, roads and wider functions. He is quite familiar with the process,” Mr Lehane told the Limerick Leader.
Clare man Mr O’Loughlin has worked for Limerick City Council for over 20 years.
Among other things, he worked as a fire chief, a senior engineer, as well as drawing up the city’s emergency plans.
Mr O’Loughlin helped secure funding for the Northern Distributor Road, and Green bus routes in the city.
Cllr Kiely believes his appointment will help the city leverage more funds in future.
“He is one of the best public servants. He has worked in every department in Limerick City Council. He would be very experienced. Oliver would have a vast knowledge of the public service and how it works,” Cllr Kiely said.
Asked what he will bring to the position, the Deputy Mayor added: “He is going to bring his experience and knowledge of local government. I know he is very highly thought of in the department in Dublin. As a result of this, he will be aware of ways of leveraging money for the city council and projects to benefit the city centre.”