TRIBUTES were paid to former Director of Services Paddy Mahon and two staff members of the Castlebar Municipal District who were leaving their positions in the office.
Paddy Mahon will be taking up his position as Chief Executive of Longford County Council next week while clerical officer, Nora Coyne is moving to Water Services in Mayo County Council and Senior Executive Engineer, Padraig Flanagan is moving to the Claremorris Municipal District.
Leading the tributes to the three departing members of staff, Chairman of the Municipal District, Cllr Blackie Gavin said they would be all sadly missed by the councillors. In relation to Paddy Mahon he said that in his position as Director of Services and Town Manager, he drove the town forward delivering a number of infrastructural projects.
Cllr Gavin added he wished Mr Mahon well in his new position in Longford County Council and hoped to see him back in Mayo County Council.
“I am delighted you are staying in Castlebar and I know you will do a great job as Chief Executive of Longford County Council. You are a huge loss to Castlebar and Mayo and hopefully we will see you back, maybe as Chief Executive at a later stage,” said Cllr Gavin.
Those sentiments were echoed by all the councillors and Cllr Al McDonnell said this was not a good occasion for the area and described Mr Mahon as a man of the greatest integrity.
“Longford hardly deserves to be getting him,” he said. “He is much more suited in a progressive county‚ like Mayo. I wish him the best of luck and I hope he will be back at some stage.”
Cllr Therese Ruane described him as an affective manager who came up with creative solutions to problems and also wished to see him back in Mayo County Council.
In relation to Mr Flanagan’s departure, Cllr McDonnell said he was a ‘gentleman to his fingertips’ and while they would love to see him remain in Castlebar, he said ‘that’s the way the cookie crumbles’.
Tributes were also paid to Ms Coyne with councillors praising the way she handled the transition from Town Council to the Municipal District.
John Condon, the current County Secretary will take over Mr Mahon’s role while John McHale will replace Mr Flanagan. Both Mr Mahon and Ms Coyne were both at the meeting and thanked all the councillors for their kind words.
Mr Mahon said he enjoyed every minute of his experience in the Town Council and the Municipal District and the town was in safe hands with Mr Condon and Mr McHale. He said there were a lot of things to be proud of in Castlebar and looked forward to the new challenge in Longford.
Ms Coyne also thanked the councillors before adding she was not leaving the building and was still available to help the councillors.