Tributes paid to ‘Gentleman Ned’ for 40 years’ engineering service

TRIBUTES have been paid to a retiring local authority official, responsible for overseeing billions of euro worth of infrastructure projects in Co Cork.

Public representatives and senior officials praised county engineer, Ned Flynn, for a long and distinguished career in public service which began in 1967.

In recent years, he was involved in constructing major sewerage treatment plant and water supply projects, but will be particularly known for developing bypasses in Glanmire, Carrigtwohill, Watergrasshill, Fermoy and Skibbereen.

The Mayor of Co Cork, Cllr John O’Shea (FG) said ‘Gentleman Ned’, as he was known, was a highly efficient operator who would be sorely missed in this region, especially by the National Roads Authority (NRA).

County Manager Martin Riordan, said: “I want to acknowledge a long and distinguished career. He is a gentleman and a true public servant with the highest integrity.

“He could have pursued a career in the private sector and done very well for himself,”

Apart from a brief spell as the top engineer in South Tipperary, Mr Flynn, who lives in Fermoy, spent the majority of the last 40 years working for Cork County Council.

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