THE funeral will take place this morning of the former Limerick County Manager, Dick Haslam, who died at the weekend.
Mr Haslam served as a County Manager for 18 years between 1970 and 1988.
Prior to his appointment as County Manager, he worked as County secretary for six years during the 1960s.
Originally from County Cork, Mr Haslam lived in Raheen during his time working in Limerick.
Current County Manager Gerry Behan, who served under Dick Haslam for 12 years from 1976 to 1988, described him as “a hard-working, motivated and committed public servant with a long-standing record of achievements in the Local Government sector.”
During his career, Mr Haslam oversaw major developments in the County Limerick Fire Service.
During his 18 years as manager, he initiated the construction of new stations in Abbeyfeale, Cappamore and Kilmallock, the provision of top-class fire engines in all six locations and the creation of state-of-the-art training centres at Foynes, Rathkeale and Newcastlewest.
Dick Haslam was very much a Local Government practitioner both in terms of his day-to-day Council work and his academic achievements.
During his career, he was also involved with Cork City Council, Cork Corporation and numerous Urban District Councils in Cork.
Academically, he lectured in Public Administration at the University of Limerick, Mary Immaculate College and University College Cork.
He continued to speak publicly on the issues of Local Government and Public Administration long after his retirement as Limerick County manager in 1988.
HIs funeral will take place at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Blarney, Co Cork, at 12noon today.