Laois County Council are set to lose one of their top officials this month.
Director of Services for transportation, emergency services, planning and economic development Kieran Kehoe is heading to Waterford.
He will take up a role with the County Council in the South East of the country later this month.
The Killenard native has worked for the Council for the past 17 years and has occupied this role for the previous six years.
Laois County Council Cathaoirleach John King paid tribute to Mr Kehoe and said he will be a huge loss.
He said: “Kieran was extremely helpful to me and all other Councillors during his time here with us.
“As Cathaoirleach, I would just like to thank him for all his service and wish he and his family all the best in Waterford.
“He will certainly be a huge loss to us and I got to really know him when he was in the planning section where he did brilliant work before going on to become Director of Services where he continued in this vein.
“It is sad for us to lose someone of the caliber of Kieran but it is also the mark of any person to see their ambition – and Kieran is someone who is very ambitious.
“I know he is actively involved in O’Dempsey’s GAA as well and he served there as chairman at one time. So they will certainly miss him too.
“But like all good people who leave us, I’m sure the door will always be open for him to return.”
Kieran was always very helpful to us in here in LaoisToday and we also wish him all the best in Waterford.