The Fermoy Municipal District said farewell to Municipal District Officer Pauline Moriarty on Friday, as she stepped down from her position after some ten years.
Councillors paid their tributes to Ms Moriarty, who had been a staple at their meetings since the times of the old Fermoy Town Council.
Cathaoirleach, Cllr Noel McCarthy said that Pauline began her position in 2012 and said that she should be ‘proud’ of the contribution she has made to the town of Fermoy.
Speaking at the meeting on Tuesday, Cllr Frank O’Flynn said to Ms Moriarty: “I want to thank you for your tremendous efforts over the years. You were always there for us and I’d like to thank you for your support and your help. You’re going to be a major loss to us,” Cllr O’Flynn said.
According to Cllr Kay Dawson, Ms Moriarty kept direction within the council, as she said: “You made a team out of us and kept the focus on what is important, on delivering for the people even on limited budgets”.
Colleagues Niall Healy and Brendan O’Gorman also paid tribute to Ms Moriarty, who is moving to a new position in County Hall. Both outlined their confidence in Ms Moriarty’s work and capabilities, outlining the vast improvements made within the Fermoy Municipal District over the years.
A presentation of an engraved Waterford Crystal vase was made to Ms Moriarty ahead of the Fermoy MD meeting on Tuesday of this week. Responding to the surprise gift, Ms Moriarty said she was ‘shocked’ and ‘humbled’.
“I’ve loved working here. We have all worked very well as a team and we did what we could for the Municipal District and the people. There’s a lot of things I will miss, but it’s time to move on and it’s time for a change,” Ms Moriarty stressed.