Tait House boss Tracey steps down

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Tracey Corbett Lynch outside Tait House Photo: Orla McLaughlin/ilovelimerick

TWO week after announcing Tait House’s plans to create and secure jobs on the city’s Southside, the community enterprise group’s chief executive Tracey Corbett Lynch has confirmed that she is to leave the role.

At this month’s Metropolitan District meeting of Limerick City and County Council, a decision was taken to approve the sale of the former Provincial Flooring building in Galvone Industrial Estate to Tait House Community Enterprise for €90,000.

When the decision was finally taken by councillors, after months of delay, Ms Lynch said they were looking forward to the decision being formally ratified by the 40 members of Limerick City and County Council at a future meeting.

“Once this is in place, we will proceed with the purchase and this will mark a significant investment by Tait House to fulfill our remit to foster work experience and employment opportunities for marginalised people in Limerick through the provision of social and community enterprises.

“Tait House now plans to create a Social Enterprise Hub, which will facilitate the creation of new employment, while also securing existing employment roles,” she explained.

In a statement from the Board of Tait House on Tuesday, Ms Lynch was thanked for her outstanding service as chief executive since 2010.

“Tracey indicated to the board in January 2020 that it was with a heavy heart she could no longer continue in her role as chief executive. Tracey has helped Tait House help others.

“Hundreds of young men and women were able to get training, skills, and employment during Tracey’s time here. Tracey remains committed to the aims and ethos of Tait House. We are grateful that Tracey will continue to advise us as needed in these unprecedented times,” the statement read.

Tait House’s Board then revealed that it will replace the position of chief executive with the appointment of a General Manager.

“We are delighted to announce that Michael Quilligan, former Enterprise Development Manager with Tait, has been appointed as General Manager of Tait House. Michael has over 20 years experience in the community, social enterprise and local development sectors.

“He is a proven mentor of entrepreneurs and community
organisations, and has designed and implemented training programmes,” the statement concluded.