THE appointment of University of Limerick Hospitals Group CEO Ann Doherty as Cork city manager has been held up by councillors on Leeside.
Ms Doherty is expected to leave her position in Limerick after the Public Appointments Service recommended her for the role of CEO of Cork City Council. She would be the first woman ever to hold that position.
But councillors in Cork this Monday delayed ratifying the appointment and are instead seeking a private meeting with Ms Doherty during which they want to hear her plans for the development of Cork.
The decision to defer the appointment was unanimous, with Cllr Terry Shannon, Fianna Fail, telling Monday’s council meeting that while “I have nothing personal against the candidate in question”, he wanted to explore Ms Doherty’s vision for the city.
Other councillors said that when the top management job on the council had come up before, the candidates had a track record in local government but this was not the case with Ms Doherty, whose professional background is in nursing and health management.
Minister for Finance Michael Noonan last week paid tribute to Ms Doherty for her work in leading the reforms at the UL Hospitals Group since her appointment to that position two years ago.