Long serving mayoral secretary retires

Simon McKiernan, the long standing mayoral secretary in City Hall, who has served the mayors of the city for the past 23 years, will retire tomorrow.

Mr McKiernan, who has given 34 years service to City Hall, was appointed as official secretary to the Mayoral Office in 1987 and was secretary to 22 mayors including the late councillors Martin Connolly, Angela Lupton, and Michael Leahy.

Fine Gael councillor and former mayor Pádraig Conneely paid tribute to Mr Kiernan saying he was “always very protective” of the office of mayor and the mayor of the day.

“I received hundreds of calls from Mr McKiernan during my year as mayor, the one I will always remember is of him informing me at 8.10am on Friday March 13 of an invitation from President and Michelle Obama had arrived in City Hall for me, as mayor, to visit the White House for St Patrick’s Day. By the time I got to City Hall at 10am Mr McKiernan had my flight to Washington DC booked and accommodation in place.”

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