Tributes have been paid to the Limerick County Manager, Gerry Behan who has retired following more than 30 years of service to local government.
Mr Behan was joined by colleagues and friends as well as the newly appointed Limerick City and County Manager, Conn Murray, at a retirement function in Limerick County Hall in Dooradoyle.
Mr Behan, who is a native of Abbeydorney in County Kerry and who now lives in Westbury, took up employment with Limerick County Council as a Senior Staff Officer in the Planning section in 1976.
During his career he held the position of Director of Services in the Environment and Community and Enterprise sections.
He was also CEO of the Limerick County Enterprise Board between 1993 and 1999. Gerry Behan was appointed Limerick County Manager in April 2012 following the retirement of Ned Gleeson.
He is succeeded by Limerick City and County Manager, Conn Murray.
Gerry Behan said he enjoyed his time working for Limerick County Council. “It has been a great honour for me to have been employed by Limerick County Council for more than three decades. Some great things have been achieved during this time which I attribute to the positive working relationship between Council staff and Councillors, both past and present. The Local Government sector in Limerick is moving into a new and exciting era of change, one that will benefit people throughout Limerick City and County for many years to come,” he said.