TRIBUTES have been paid to City Hall director of planning and deputy chief executive Pat Ledwidge who has retired from his roles with the Council.
Mr Ledwidge has spent almost 40 years working with the local authority and has served in a number of different roles.
He was a senior executive planner from 1991-1999 before taking over as director of services for community and enterprise.
He then went on to coordinate a regeneration plan for the city’s Docklands and was appointed director of the Cork Area Strategic Plan in 2012. He has served as deputy chief executive since 2015.
Mayor of Shanghai, Ying Yong, made Mr Ledwidge a Laureate of the Gold Magnolia Award in 2018.
The award recognised his contribution to the development of Shanghai as part of the Shanghai-Cork sister city agreement.
Councillor John Buttimer (FG) said Mr Ledwidge always maintained a “high degree of professionalism” in his roles and paid tribute to his efforts in developing plans for the Docklands.
Terry Shannon (FF) added he made an “indelible impression” on everybody he met in his work. “The people of Cork and Cork City Council are the better for you having been here,” he added.
Thomas Gould (SF) described Mr Ledwidge as a “very genuine person”, while Kieran McCarthy (IND) said he provided a “safe harbour for ideas”.
Mr Ledwidge will be replaced by Fearghal Reidy who joins the council from Waterford City and County Council and will take up the role of director of strategic and economic development.