Limerick local authority boss announces reshuffle

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

LIMERICK local authorities manager Conn Murray has reshuffled his senior staff for the second time, as part of the process of merging the two councils.

LIMERICK local authorities manager Conn Murray has reshuffled his senior staff for the second time, as part of the process of merging the two councils.

Mr Murray has created nine new directorates, which will see staff interchanging between County Hall in Dooradoyle, and City Hall at Merchant’s Quay. For the first time, each member of staff will be responsible for affairs in the entire county.

Oliver O’Loughlin will take on the role of director for Home and Community, Paul Crowe has been confirmed as the Travel and Transportation director while Josephine Cotter-Coughlan is in charge of water and emergency services.

Meanwhile, Caroline Curley is in charge of environment, while Pat Dowling will retain his portfolio of Corporate Services. But he has also been given a new role within this as the ‘Change leader.

The only department which retains two directors are finance and ICT, with Sean Coughlan and Pat Murnane in charge respectively.

Human resources director is Jimmy Feane, while Kieran Lehane takes the role of culture and sport across the county.

It has already been confirmed that Tom Enright will take over the role of economic development in the county.

Commenting on the reshuffle, Mr Murray said: “The purpose of creating these new Directorates is to ensure that the two Councils adopt a unified approach and that there is consistency in relation to the quality and level of services being provided by both organisations.”

“The amalgamation represents a unique opportunity for Limerick City and County, where there will be one voice for Limerick and where barriers between the two existing authorities will be removed. The new authority will be one of the largest local authorities in the State and will play a leading role the economic development of Limerick City and County,” he concluded.