Conn Murray: A County Manager who gave leadership in difficult times

The Louth Economic Forum is one of County Managher Conn Murray’s best achievements

The Louth Economic Forum is one of County Managher Conn Murray’s best achievements

WHEN the Louth Economic Forum was set up in 2010 in the middle of our worst ever economic recession, few believed it would help deliver 1,000 jobs to this region within two years.

The forum was set up by County Manager Conn Murray who is leaving county Louth to take up a newly created post of City and County Manager in Limerick.

Mr Murray, a native of Meath, worked with Limerick City Council earlier in his career. He joined Louth Local Authorities in September 2007, having previously served as City Manager in Waterford.

Louth Economic Forum and is led by Padraic White and has set out on a 10 point economic plan for the county of Louth. Five of these plans are already up and running: Foreign Direct Investment; Sustainable Energy; Indigenous Industry; Tourism and Heritage; Education and Training.

The Foreign Direct Investment programme resulted in 25 major foreign players visiting this region, among them the Paypal company.

This programme helped secure the Paypal decision to have a base in Dundalk with 1,000 jobs on the way.

Louth Local Authorities have also signed a cross-border link with Newry and Mourne District Council and now has a European and Economic Office in Dundalk headed by Michael Curran, Director of Economic and Cross Border Development.