Warm tributes have been paid today at Letterkenny District Court to long serving chief clerk of the court services, Val Cronin, on his imminent retirement.
Judge Paul Kelly opening the tributes by saying Mr Cronin has given "sterling service" to both the public and court services in his 28 year career.
He wished him a long, happy retirement with his wife Rose and family.
Circuit court judge John O'Hagan, said he and all the court service staff have "great respect" for him and the work he has done in his career.
Mr Cronin's colleague, Anita Toland, wished him well from all in the court services, saying he was always very easy to work with.
Tributes also came from the gardaì, senior barristers, solicitors, and the probation services.
Mr Cronin thanked everyone for their kind words. He thanked the gardaì, all the legal professionals and the press.
He also paid tribute to his colleagues, past and present, and wished them and his replacement all the best for the future.
Mr Cronin is originally from Cork and moved to Letterkenny after starting his career in the court services in Limerick.