Limerick County Council has paid tribute to one of its longest standing County Managers, Richard Haslam, who passed away on Sunday (8 April).
Mr. Haslam, of Blarney and Aghada, Co. Cork and formerly of Limerick, served as Limerick County Secretary from 1963 to 1966 and Limerick County Manager from 1970 to 1988.
Limerick County Manager Gerry Behan, who served under Richard Haslam for 12 years from 1976 to 1988, described the former County Manager as “a hardworking, motivated and committed public servant with a longstanding record of achievements in the Local Government sector.”
According to Mr. Behan: “Dick Haslam was very much a Local Government practitioner both in terms of his day-to-day Council work and his academic achievements. During his career, Dick was extensively involved with Cork City Council, Cork Corporation, Limerick County Council and numerous Urban District Councils in Cork. Academically, he lectured in Public Administration at the University of Limerick, Mary Immaculate College and University College Cork. He continued to speak publicly on the issues of Local Government and Public Administration long after his retirement as Limerick County manager in 1988.”
“Dick was a very hard worker who always got the best out of those working with him. His motivation and commitment led him to oversee a large number of significant infrastructural developments in County Limerick during his time as County manager. They include the construction of the Askeaton Bypass and the development of Aughinish Alumina in West Limerick. The development of the Shannon Estuary Water Supply Scheme was a major precondition for the company’s decision to locate in Askeaton. Dick also oversaw the development of the County Fire and Rescue Service. During his 18 years as manager, he initiated the construction of new stations in Abbeyfeale, Cappamore and Kilmallock, the provision of top-class fire engines in all six locations and the creation of state-of-the-art training centres at Foynes, Rathkeale and Newcastlewest.”
“The fact that he oversaw these significant developments on a limited budget is testament to his vision and understanding of the Local Government sector, those who operated within the sector and, of course, the customers whom he served.”
“On behalf of the Staff and Elected Members of Limerick County Council, I would like to extend my sincere condolences to Dick’s wife, Geraldine, and his children Mary, Joe and Ann. My thoughts are also with Dick’s many friends during this difficult time”, added Mr. Behan.
The funeral for the late Richard Haslam will take place at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Blarney, County Cork, on Wednesday at 12 noon with removal afterward to Aghada Cemetery.