Conn Murray & Denis Brosnan — Former Council boss replaces ex Kerry Group supremo as Chair of Council owned development company

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12-08-14 Conn Murray, Chief Executive, Limerick CIty and County Council.. . Pic Sean Curtin Photo.

FORMER chief executive of Limerick City and County Council, Conn Murray, is to take over from business supremo, Denis Brosnan, as Chairman of the Limerick Twenty Thirty DAC -a development company set up and owned by Limerick’s joint local authority.

A spokesman confirmed to the Limerick post that Mr Brosnan was stepping down as founding chairman after four years in the role.

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Brosnan, a former Chairman of the Kerry Group PLC, who drove its transformation into a global food brand and ingredients group, had steered Limerick Twenty Thirty’s plans to purchase local strategic sites, including the long-awaited €200million landmark commercial development, the ‘Opera Site’, which its envisaged will make Limerick an attractive location for firms exiting the UK due to Brexit.

Mr Murray, a fellow member of the Twenty Thirty Board, “was unanimously appointed as Mr Brosnan’s replacement” a spokesman said.

Twenty Thirty Chief Executive David Conway, said the company were “fortunate” Mr Brosnan was its founding chairman and was “hugely influential in ensuring we got the wider project off to a really positive start”.

“He brought fantastic track-record to the programme, insight and decisiveness, and we all learned so much from him, and he’s set a standard and momentum that we are determined to follow,” Mr Conway said.

“After an incredible career in business, he said when he started with us that getting Limerick Twenty Thirty up and running was a key objective of his and he’s delivered, and we are extremely grateful to him.”

Mr Conway described Brosnan’s replacement, Mr Murray, as “one of the key strategists of Limerick’s resurgence over the past decade” who will “bring invaluable expertise and experience to the table”.

As CEO of Limerick City and County Council, he had foresight with Denis to establish Limerick Twenty Thirty in the first instance. The mandate was to develop disused, iconic sites in the city into catalysts for economic growth and we are well under way with that.”