- 24 Apr 2012
RICHARD HASLAM: RICHARD (DICK) Haslam, who has died aged 86, was a former Limerick county manager, a leading proponent of local government reform and the driving force behind University College Cork‟s Department of Public Administration (now Department of Government).
As a practitioner and lifelong student of local government in Ireland, he had an unwavering belief in the devolved system but regarded Ireland‟s highly centralised form of national government as the bane of his life.
Mature and sage, both in life and profession, he was big in stature, a good man to tell a story and had a cool head in difficult situations. To his colleagues he was, as one succinctly put it, “a friend, mentor and inspiration”.