Tributes have been pouring in for former Dublin city and county manager Frank Feely, who passed away on Monday aged 91.
Mr Feely was the Dublin city and county manager from 1979 to 1993 and then Dublin city manager from 1993 until his retirement in 1996.
Mr Feely oversaw several important milestones in the capital over the course of his career, including the visit of US President Bill Clinton in 1996.
A committed public servant, Mr Feely joined Dublin Corporation as a clerk in 1949.
The Lord Mayor of Dublin Caroline Conroy expressed her sadness and condolences to Mr Feely’s family and said: "As Lord Mayor, I wish to offer both my own and Dublin City Council’s condolences to his family and friends.
"Frank was a hardworking and dedicated employee of Dublin City Council. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this time. May he rest in peace. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam."
News of Feely’s death was confirmed in a statement issued by Dublin City Council on Monday afternoon.
The statement reads: "Mr Feely was the Dublin City and County Manager from 1979 to 1993 and then Dublin City Manager from 1993 until his retirement in 1996. Mr Feely joined Dublin Corporation as a clerk in 1949. He was a committed public servant, who made a significant contribution to the life of Dublin city and its citizens during a long career."
He is credited with running the programme to reduce Dublin’s 10,000-strong housing list during the 1980s, the pedestrianisation of Grafton Street, and is perhaps best-known for the Millennium campaign.
Mr Feely died earlier on Monday morning in St James' Hospital and is survived by his beloved wife Ita.
He is also remembered by his children Orla, Ronan and Niamh and is predeceased by his daughter Emer.
He has been remembered by Dublin City Council for his time as manager between 1979 and 1996.
Mr Feely’s RIP.ie notice reads: "Peacefully, in the care of the wonderful staff of the MISA Unit, St. James’s Hospital. Beloved husband of Ita, much loved father of Orla, Ronan, Niamh and the late Emer.
“Frank will be forever loved and dearly missed by his wife, son and daughters, sons-in-law Philip, Tony and John, daughter-in-law Niamh, his adored grandchildren Clodagh, Ronan, Matthew, Stephen, Shauna, Donal, Conor, Aidan, Seán and Ciara, sister Liz, brothers Kevin and Kieran, extended family, relatives and friends."
People took to the condolences section of Mr Feely's notice to offer their sympathy.
One wrote: "Deepest condolences to the Feely family on the passing of their dear Frank. May he rest in peace."
While another said: "A wonderful public servant who it was always a pleasure to meet with. May he Rest in Peace."
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