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Councillors' tributes to retired Town Clerk 14.01.08

by Damien Dowds, Inishowen Independent

WARM tributes were paid at Buncrana Town Council’s monthly meeting to Town Clerk Paul Doyle who has resigned his post on grounds of permanent ill-health. The resignation took effect from January 2.
Originally from Whitehall in Dublin’s north inner city, Mr Doyle (57) had served as Town Clerk for more than 30 years. Leading the tributes, Mayor Paul Bradley said he was disappointed that Buncrana had lost such a loyal public servant.
“He often spoke about the stress of the job,” Bradley said. “The public was demanding and we councillors are demanding too, but Paul was very accommodating. He was also excellent at keeping up with new legislation that affected our work.”
Councillor Nicholas Crossan also paid tribute to Mr Doyle’s loyalty to Buncrana, saying that his ability was such that he could have sought promotion elsewhere in the public service. “He was always his own man and I admired him greatly for it,” Crossan said. “He was very bright and did a difficult and often thankless job. He gave guidance to me when I served as mayor.”
Councillor Pádraig MacLochlainn said Mr. Doyle was the youngest town clerk in Ireland when he was appointed more than 30 years ago. “If he had
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a fault it was that he wasn’t a strong communicator,” MacLochlainn said. “The public may have misinterpreted that, but he was a very able and talented man, ingenuis in the ways in which he could deal with figures and accounts.
“If anything, he was guilty of being too open, honest and accessible,” MacLochlainn continued. “People could come to the office and ask to meet him and he would do so. I wish him well. His early retirement will allow him to indulge himself in travel and his love of sailing.”
Councillor Joe Doherty said: “He was always approachable and very capable.
He did Trojan work for Buncrana and was an excellent town clerk. I wish him a speedy return to good health.”
Assistant county manager Liam Kelly said he had worked with Mr. Doyle for most of his 30 years as town clerk and acknowledged the great work that he did for Buncrana.
Mr. Doyle’s early departure will, however, impact on the Town Council’s budget for 2008. Mayor Bradley said that an exceptional once-off payment to Mr. Doyle will swallow up the additional €100,000 made available from the Local Government Fund to compensate for the loss of commercial rates from Fruit of the Loom.
The search for a new town clerk will soon get under way. With fewer than half a dozen town clerks remaining in the country, Councillor Crossan was assured by Liam Kelly that the position would be filled on a full-time basis and not part-time as has been the case elsewhere in the State.
Donegal County Council expects to advertise the job, which carries a salary of €42,000 to €55,000, within the next week. For interview with Paul Doyle, click here
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