Tributes were paid to late Joe Loftus who died last week at today's Mayo County Council meeting
Joe had retired two years ago after 40 years of service as a senior council official.
Sympathies were extended by Councillors to Joe's wife and children.
He was described as having given great service, an approachable man and a humanitarian.
Joe Loftus was described as having a great social conscience.
The meeting will be adjourned as a mark of respect at 4.30 this evening.