The departure of Louth County Manager Philomena Poole, after just a few months in office, has come as quite a shock.
County Councillor Mark Dearey has spoken of his ‘shock and disappointment’ at the news and other county and town councillors have also expressed their surprise and disappointment.
Cllr Dearey has said that Louth seems to be a ‘managerial merry-go-round’ and that the county has been led down.
“It appears that Louth, and other counties, are being seen as a stepping stone to bigger jobs, such as the managerial roles in Dublin, Cork and Kilkenny.”
He also points out that these public servants are on very generous wages and pension schemes and should have a greater commitment to the authority they are working for.
The taxpayer is paying towards these wages and pension schemes and public servants are the custodians of the taxpayers money.
So the public, and their elected representatives, deserve better.
The Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan has introduced new legislation on local government reform, and this reform will begin in May with local elections and a new council structure. The town councils will be abolished.
It is a time when the county needs stability, not uncertainty, not musical management chairs.