Dr. Pat Daly
Limerick City & County Council
Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Service for Economic Development
How did you arrive at your current position with the Limerick City & County Council?
I joined Limerick City & County Council from Shannon Development to lead its innovation and enterprise programme and then I applied for and was appointed Deputy C.E. but kept responsibilty for the economic development. I’ve always had an interest in business regional and economic development.
What does an average day look like for you?
No two days are the same. It very much depends on the schedule and if I’m travelling or not. Most days are a mix of internal or board/committee meetings, meeting with investors and dealing with client and citizen issues.
What was your very first job?
The first regular paying job was as a student and it was director of kitchen operations (pot washer!) in the Old ‘Galleon Grill’ on O Connell Street, Limerick. Great times!
If you hadn’t specialised in your field, what do you think you’d be doing now?
Yes – entrepreneur. I probably would have started my own business. In college, I co-founded a recruitment firm with friends that placed business students in summer jobs. I think that bug never goes away.
How do you manage a work / life balance?
I think all roles bring stress of a certain kind and puts pressure on work/life balance. I try and manage my diary and time as best as possible. It doesn’t always work!
Did you have a mentor as you progressed in your career? How did she / he help?
Yes, I was lucky to have a few across my career. I think if you’re lucky, you meet people who help and guide you along and take an interest in you. In general, their advice was to have a plan for yourself, work hard and respect your colleagues and organisation – you can only do so much yourself.
What do you feel is the most important lesson you’ve learned along the way?
Simple – treat people and colleagues like you would want to be treated in work and life. Hard to beat that as a grounding philosophy!
What do you think are the biggest challenges to success in business in Ireland?
A lack of imagination, innovation and ambition in business. Remember that saying ‘if you dream it, you can do it!’ That said, I think Brexit could put a major brake on growth propects, specifically its implication for competitiveness and the weakness / effect of sterling on international currency markets.
Do you have advice for readers seeking to grow their potential in business?
Invest in yourself, plan well and network hard!