THE outgoing chief executive of Dublin Bus was praised at a bash held in his honour in the city centre.
Paddy Doherty, who has worked at the company for 40 years, served as the CEO for five years.
Under his tenure improvements to the service included the introduction of the leap card and greater accessibility.
He also oversaw the implementation of real-time information for passengers. Mr Doherty attended the retirement reception with his wife Ann in the Alexander Hotel on Thursday night.
He was joined by well-wishers and the chairman of Dublin Bus, Ultan Courtney.
In a message to staff announcing his departure Mr Doherty thanked them for their work during what he termed "challenging times" for the company.
"Throughout the difficult economic period, we implemented a substantial cost-reduction plan and significant improvements to the service," he said.
"I am glad to be able to report that the company is now experiencing growth.
"This is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the company's employees," he added.
Ray Coyne has been selected to replace Mr Doherty.
He has been a Dublin Bus employee for 25 years and until now has been serving as the firm's human resources services manager.
A spokesperson for Dublin Bus wished the departing CEO well in a statement.