Borough Councillors pay tribute to departing Doyle

Maria pepper

Published 11/03/2014 | 05:42

Retiring Council boss Adrian Doyle is used to fielding complaints from disgruntled councillors. But at last week's meeting of Wexford Borough Council, it was compliments and well wishes he received instead.

Retiring Council boss Adrian Doyle is used to fielding complaints from disgruntled councillors. But at last week's meeting of Wexford Borough Council, it was compliments and well wishes he received instead.

Mr. Doyle, who earned a reputation as a straight talker, is leaving Wexford County Council on March 14 after 43 high-achieving years in the public service.

He joined the local authority as a clerical officer and rose rapidly through the ranks.

He made local government history when he became Ireland's youngest Town Clerk in Midleton at the age of 21, after serving as Acting Town Clerk in New Ross for a time.

At the age of 27, he was appointed Head of Finance in Wexford County Council and later became County Secretary, Development Manager, Director of Services and more recently Acting County Manager.

For the past 13 years, he has been Manager for Wexford town.

He enjoys the distinction of being the longest service management official in Ireland.

Outside the public service, he was also one of the youngest captains at Wexford Golf Club.

Mr. Doyle stood down as Acting County Manager two weeks ago on the appointment of Tom Enright as County Manager in Wexford.

At his final Borough Council meeting last week, he publicly handed the baton over to the new man.

Councillors didn't let the occasion pass without paying tribute to an official they have often jousted with, and wishing him health and happiness in the future.

'I found him to be a decision-maker,' said fellow Mulgannon resident Padge Reck.

'At times he had a habit of being frank with the members when it wasn't necessary at times. And I had a habit of being frank with him when it wasn't necessary.'

Cllr. Paddy Nolan said he never had a row with Mr. Doyle and admired him greatly.

Cllr. Jim Allen described Wexford's refurbished Main Street as Mr. Doyle's 'legacy project'.

'Anytime he walks on the Main Street, he can say, I had an input into that.'

Cllr. David Hynes said he got on well with Mr. Doyle and also had plenty of arguments with him.

'I admired him. What you saw was what you got. After a meeting, whether contentious or not, it was back to business. There was no animosity.'

Cllr. Hynes said Wexford town has been transformed in the past 20 years as a result of projects such as the renovated Main Street, Wexford Opera House, Wexford Library, the new County Council headquarters and the refurbished Wexford swimming pool.

He said this was due to the hard work of Adrian Doyle and others.

The Mayor, Cllr. George Lawlor remarked that everyone saw the public contribution he made but he also assisted many people behind the scenes.

Cllr. Lawlor added that Wexford MarineWatch wouldn't have succeeded without his help.

'You have given excellent public service,' said Cllr. Joe Ryan.

'I came to town in 1994. I see huge changes since then and you have played a pivotal role in all of them', he said.

In reply, Mr. Doyle said he never envisaged as a young fella peering in through the windows of the old Municipal Buildings, that he would become Wexford manager some day.

'It was an honour and a privilege to be manager of my own town,' he said.

He returned councillors' compliments by commenting that all the Mayors, members and staff he worked with were people of the 'highest integrity.'

He paid tribute to the members retiring from public life and wished good luck to those contesting the forthcoming election.

Mr. Doyle said the management team in Wexford local authorities had nothing but respect for those who had the courage to put their names forward.

'I'm only retiring from Wexford County Council,' was his parting remark.

The new County Manager Mr. Enright said his predecessor had been very helpful to him since he arrived in Wexford and he wished him and his family well in the future.

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