The rising cost of commuting is forcing Town Clerk, John Clarke to leave his position with Portlaoise Town Council for Dublin City Council.
Mr Clarke, who has worked in Portlaoise for the last three and a half years said he was leaving for personal reasons but it was not the length of his commute from Meath each day, but the cost that had forced him into making this decision. He who was officiating at his last meeting of Portlaoise Town Council before his departure, where councillors praised him for his work in Portlaoise over the last few years.
Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Town Council, Matthew Keegan was the first to wish the Town Clerk well in his new position.
“You are the best town clerk, I have come across,” he said, adding that Mr Clarke was also the first Clerk he had worked with.
Town Manager, Michael Rainey also thanked Mr Clarke.
“You will be badly missed. You’ve been the ultimate professional in your work over the last three and a half years,” he said.
Complimenting his work in Treo Nua, Cllr Caroline Dwane said that the Town Clerk’s work behind the scenes was second to none.
Mr Clarke said he always took pride in the role of Town Clerk serving the public.