Thursday 21 March 2019

CorkHi10°| Lo

Cork Independent

News

Ledwidge retires from City Hall

Wednesday, 13th March, 2019 4:47pm

Pat Ledwidge put down his briefcase for the final time as Cork city’s head of planning, this week.

Mr Ledwidge retired as the clock struck 12am on Tuesday, with Monday marking his last Cork City Council meeting as the council’s deputy chief executive and director of services for Strategic Planning & Economic Development. He worked with the council for 32 years.

Councillors from across the council chamber took time to wish him well on his retirement.

Fine Gael’s John Buttimer got the ball rolling and said Mr Ledwidge has had a stellar career and worked across a number of areas. He thanked him for his commitment to the council over the years.

Fianna Fail’s Terry Shannon told him: “You have made a terrible good impression on everyone. You were always someone who was approachable and had an open door policy.”

His colleague Mary Shields said he was respected all over the city and was always there to help councillors. Their party mate Tim Brosnan agreed and said that he always responded to emails and calls.

Sinn Féin Cllr Chris O’Leary said Mr Ledwidge put in a huge amount of work in at a local and national level.

“You treated everyone as equals no matter who they were,” he said. His colleague Thomas Gould said he was always a genuine person to deal with.

“He will be a huge loss,” said Cllr Gould.

Workers’ Party Cllr Ted Tynan wished him well for the future, too.

Mr Ledwidge described his 32 years in Cork City Council as “fantastic”.

He added: “The highlight for me was the boundary extension. I am now looking forward to watching the city develop.”

Fearghal Reidy, formerly of Waterford City and County Council, has now taken over as the new head of planning on Leeside.

ePaper Service

Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8
Desktop, Tablet & Smartphone friendly
Cookies on Cork Independent website
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. We also use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on the Cork Independent website. However, if you would like to, you can change your cookie settings at any time by amending your browser settings.
How does Cork Independent use cookies?
Cookies enable us to identify your device, or you when you have logged in. We use cookies that are strictly necessary to enable you to move around the site or to provide certain basic features. We use cookies to enhance the functionality of the website by storing your preferences, for example. We also use cookies to help us to improve the performance of our website to provide you with a better user experience.
We don't sell the information collected by cookies, nor do we disclose the information to third parties, except where required by law (for example to government bodies and law enforcement agencies).
Hide Message