Maurice Moloney, who has been Cork’s county manager since 1998, said he could have sought a two-year extension to his contract but had decided to call it a day at the age of 63.
He said he was happy to have played a part in helping to ensure the county’s strong infrastructural growth in the past eight years and would still keep working flat out for the next two months.
“My priority was to ensure that the region got its fair share of national growth. All indicators show the performance of the Cork region has been good,” Mr Moloney said.
The native of Ballyduff, Co Waterford, who lives in Mallow, said population growth in Cork in the past six years had been an indicator of how well the county is doing.
“Since 2000 the population of County Cork has grown by 37,000, which is an increase of 11.4%. On average growth nationally has been 8%, so we have surpassed that,” the manager said.
He said attracting a larger population was in a large part down to infrastructure improvement followed through from CASP (Cork Area Strategic Plan), which has seen the transport system revolutionised in the region with a number of new roads and the Jack Lynch Tunnel.
He pointed out it will be further enhanced with the opening at the end of 2008 of the Cork-Midleton rail line.
“Our housing projections have almost doubled and the job situation is also good. We have had success creating business parks, such as at the airport and at Eastgate. On the big side we have also gained Amgen,” Mr Moloney said.
The American-owned company is to build a biotechnology plant in Carrigtwohill, which will employ around 1,100 people.
Mr Moloney said that at present he didn’t have anything planned for what he will do with his time after he steps down as county manager.