Nenagh area councillors paid tribute to area engineer Kieran Callinan, who is due to retire from North Tipperary County Council.
The tributes were led by area chairman Cllr Michael O’Meara, who said Mr Callinan was a “gentleman to work with. He performed miracles for us. He was never in bad humour.”
Mr Callinan had the ability to think on his feet, said Cllr Seamus Morris, and had an “inability to say ‘No’.”
Cllr Hughie McGrath said the engineer was “always more than helpful and always had a positive attitude.”
Mr Callinan always took the right approach and was always stress free, said Cllr Virginia O’Dowd.
“His judgment was very good. He was very approachable,” she said.
Cllr Ger Darcy said Mr Callinan had used “an awful lot of common sense when trying to solve a problem”.
In response, Mr Callinan said that “Big Brother was coming in and making it difficult to do things the sensible way. That is one of the reasons, I suppose, why I am going.”
Councillors welcomed Peter Fee as the new area engineer. Mr Fee previously worked in the Templemore area.