1 September 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The profound education legacy bequeathed to the people of Cavan and Monaghan by Mr Martin G O’Brien was paid handsome tribute by the members of the counties’ Education and Training Board when their Chief Executive attended his final meeting of the body in Monaghan Town’s Garage Theatre on Tuesday.

Mr O’Brien, who takes up the role of Chief Executive with the Louth and Meath ETB in September, was praised in particular for his securing of the Monaghan Education Campus development at a time when major capital investment projects were severely circumscribed by recession, and for the leadership displayed in transitioning the separate entities of Co Cavan and Co Monaghan’s Vocational Education Committees into a single amalgamated ETB structure.

But what was described as his “genius” in personnel and human resource management and his securing of significant development projects and funding for all education centres under the Board’s remit were also lauded by the speakers at the conclusion of Tuesday’s business.

Mr O’Brien in his own valedictory comments took the plaudits directed his way and redistributed them to all facets of the Board’s operation in its two-county remit, expressing his own thanks and gratitude with a generosity of spirit and concluding his nine-year tenure in these parts in reflective mien: “It has been good fun. It has been enjoyable. There have been difficult days and dark days, but that is life. You dust yourself down, deal with them, and move on. Thanks again to everybody.”

ETB Chairperson Cathy Bennett opened the tributes by acknowledging all the work Mr O’Brien had done in Cavan and Monaghan, and commending him on the ….

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