Tributes paid to Niall on his retirement

TRIBUTES were paid to retiring Wexford County Council official Niall McGuigan at last week's meeting of the local authority.

Mr McGuigan will shortly be retiring from the role of Director of Water, Environment and Emergency Services, while he also served as the area manager in Gorey in recent years.

Cllr Malcolm Byrne said Mr McGuigan is 'an example of an excellent public servant' who 'always put the interest of the council and the people of Wexford first'. He said his legacy of achievement in north Wexford is a credit to him and wished him, his wife Mary and their family a very happy retirement.

Cllr Ted Howlin said Mr McGuigan had done a ' tremendous amount of work for Co Wexford' and was a pleasure to deal with from the members' point of view. Cllr Paddy Kavanagh said the director is 'an out and out gentleman', who keeps a very even keel and is not as excitable as some of the members. His Fine Gael colleague Pat Codd said Mr McGuigan was a gentleman to work with and a great official.

Fianna Fáil's Michael Sheehan said Mr McGuigan was ' an outstanding director and an outstanding official' and wished him the best for the future, while cuncillors Larry O'Brien, Robbie Ireton and Padge Reck also paid tribute to the Galway native. County Manager Eddie Breen thanked his colleague for his 'dedicated and loyal service over 20 years', describing him as ' a strategic thinker' and 'greatly advanced' in terms of his policies.

Mr McGuigan, left, responding briefly, paid tribute to the 'extraordinary' staff of Wexford County Council and said they have no comparison, while he also thanked the councillors for their cooperation over the years.

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