We need a CEO to guide county

Cllr Michael O’Dowd called for standing orders to be suspended at Monday’s councy council meeting so that councillors could raise the departure of the county manager.

“We heard it last week on LMFM,” he said.

“We would like to know what is happening.

“It is very important to know that Louth County Council has a senior officer. The challenges in county Louth are second to none.

“We need a CEO to guide the county forward.”

The county manager Philomena Poole later informed the councillors that she has been recommended by the public appointments committee for the manager’s job in Dun Laoghaire - Rathdown.

She said there are a number of things that have to be finished before she leaves Louth and that’s exactly what she will be doing.

Among them the transition of the four local authorities in the county into one which is going to happen in May after the local elections.

“I can’t give a date as to when I’m going but this will not be my last meeting,” the manager informed the meeting.

Cathaoirleach Declan Breathnach said the council will write to the public appointments committee asking them them to make a speedy appointment. Cllr Colm Markey said there was a need for stability and for a manager to stay for more than six months.


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