The warmest of tributes have been flowing in over the past number of weeks for Templemore/ Thurles Municipal District Administrator Mr Michael Ryan, who officially retired today, having worked over 40 years at his post in Tipperary Local Government.
A native of Templederry, Co. Tipperary, Mr Ryan first began his Co. Council career in Nenagh, back in 1970 and following a brief spell in New Ross, Co. Wexford, returned to Thurles in 1977, taking up the post of then Thurles Town Clerk – a post he held for some 30 years.
Following the merger between North & South Tipperary Co. Councils and the complete eradication of Local Councils by the previous government, Mr Ryan was appointed Municipal Administrator for the Templemore/ Thurles District.
While officiating at his final Municipal District meeting last Wednesday, local Council representatives were high in their praise of his years of devotion to duty, dedication and overall commitment to the Thurles district. Indeed one public representative described Mr Ryan as being the “Alex Ferguson” of Tipperary local Council Administrators.
Speaking to Thurles.Info today, Tipperary Independent TD Mr Michael Lowry highly praised Mr Ryan for his true dedication, forward vision, negotiating skills and his innumerable abilities in overseeing all aspects of local government administration. Mr Lowry went on to wish Mr Ryan every happiness, success and good health in his well earned retirement years, into the future.
M/s Deirdre O’ Shea will now take on the responsible position of acting Templemore/ Thurles Municipal District Administrator, in the absence of a new appointment to this now vacant local government post.