Praise for retiring council director

Tributes have been paid to Laois man John Daly, who has retired as Director of Services with Laois County Council after 35 years of service to local government.

Tributes have been paid to Laois man John Daly, who has retired as Director of Services with Laois County Council after 35 years of service to local government.

At his final county council meeting recently, tributes were paid to him by County Manager Peter Carey amongst others.

“John has a diligent, committed work ethic. He was hugely proud to work for his own county. Since I came here as county manager seven years ago, it has been a pleasure to work with him, he has supported me 100 per cent,” Mr Carey said.

Chairman of Laois County Council John Bonham thanked Mr Daly, a native of Sleatty near Graiguecullen, for his years of service.

“He is a very mild mannered man, an easy man to deal with, fair. An excellent public servant and a gentleman. There are two ways of doing business, you can still say no but in a nice way. I hope you can find time to do things you wanted to but never could,” Cllr Bonham said.

All of the cllrs had good words to say about Mr Daly’s calm, professional manner, including Cllr Padraig Fleming who recalled how helpful he was as far back as their schooldays.

“He got me through maths at school. More than likely, we will meet again on some of the Laois walks,” he said.

Cllr James Daly, a first cousin, recalled Mr Daly’s pleasant manner that applied to everyone equally.

“it was a rude awakening when he was in the Housing Department, I thought I was getting places, then I realised he was just being professional,” he said.

Mr Daly, Director of Services for roads, transportation, water and environment, thanked everyone for their kind words. “I am very proud that i still live in Laois. The council here is excellent, proactive, always taking the difficult decisions for the people of Laois. With a 20 per cent increase in population in the last five years, they still provide excellent service, it’s a tribute to the staff to keep it in budget,” he said.

He commenting that with the Barcelona manager’s job up for grabs, he was tempted to go for it.

“I have no plans except to enjoy the summer, maybe do some voluntary work,” he said.