Annmarie Farrelly has been appointed as interim chief executive of Fingal County Council following the departure of Paul Reid to the HSE.

Ms Farrelly, previously director of planning and strategic infrastructure, was appointed by the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy and assumes the role until a permanent appointment is made.

“Quality of life, housing and economic development will remain our key priorities for the county,” Ms Farrelly said, adding that there was a substantial operational and capital works programme to be delivered in 2019.

Ms Farrelly said she was deeply committed to serving local government and was looking forward to working with the elected members in delivering for the people of Fingal.

“It is really a great honour for me to have been appointed by Minister Murphy as interim chief executive,” she said.

“I am looking forward to continuing the good work we have been doing as a council since our formation in 1994.”

Ms Farrelly listed key projects to be delivered to include the Our Balbriggan rejuvenation plan, Swords Cultural Quarter and the Shackleton Gardens as well as activating land banks for housing.

She added: “The proposed designation of Fingal County Council as the Competent Authority for aircraft noise will, if enacted, be a new statutory responsibility.”

Ms Farrelly served as FCC’s director of housing and community from 2011 to 2015 and previously chaired the boards of the Seamus Ennis Arts Centre and the Drinan Enterprise Centre.