New CE appointed to Monaghan County Council

New CE Robert Burns grew up in the Monaghan in the 70s and 80s.

Magheracloone native Robert Burns is set to take over the running of Monaghan County Council following the the retirement of his predecessor on health grounds.

Mr Burns, who moved from Fingal County Council where only last year he was appointed their Director for Housing and Community Development, will take up the post on Monday, September 25.

The move was announced at a recent monthly meeting of Monaghan County Council.

He succeeds Eamon O'Sullivan who announced his decision last December following a seven year tenure.

Mr Burns graduated as a civil engineer from Belfast's Queens University in 1995.

He worked for a time at a private engineering consultancy practice before joining Irish Rail in 1998 where he specialised in the project management of infrastructure projects.

He previously served as as Director of Service for Infrastructure and Climate Change in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council where he had responsibility for the management and delivery of infrastructure, public realm, active travel and climate action-related projects. This included the development of a coastal mobility route as well as village renewal projects in Blackrock and Dundrum.

Mr Burns also worked as a Senior Executive Engineer with Clare County Council in the Housing Department.

Mr Burns grew up in the Monaghan in the 70s and 80s, before moving with his family to live in Roscommon in the late 80s.