Andy Burnham and Eamonn Boylan pay tribute to the late Kieran Quinn.
Kieran was a much loved and respected member of the Greater Manchester family.
He was utterly dedicated to Droylsden, Tameside and Greater Manchester, serving Tameside with real love and passion since 1994.
Kieran played a critical part in building what we have today. Through his hard work fighting the imbalance between the north and south, we have a platform through devolution to ensure the north has its voice heard. He was an architect of Greater Manchester and committed to make our city-region on a par with London.
He also ensured the Greater Manchester Pension Fund bucked the national trend, growing into the largest and most successful fund in the country. He always put others first and his ambitions should be what we all aspire to.
His passing was a huge shock to us all but we should focus on adding to his considerable legacy.
Kieran held a deep belief that everyone was entitled to a good and fair start in life, and he devoted his life to public service because of this. He worked for the community he loved.
All my condolences and thoughts are with Sue, Liam, Matthew and Kieran’s wider family and friends. We will all miss him greatly.
It has been my privilege to work closely with Kieran over a number of years in his role of leading Greater Manchester’s investment strategies to support businesses and to grow employment across the City region as well as his work to help shape the devolution agenda. His wisdom and pragmatism will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
His commitment to his colleagues and, above all, to the local people he served, has been outstanding. I am proud to have known him.