Huge shake-up amid Garda ranks

One of the biggest personnel shake-ups for years has taken place in the ranks of An Garda Siochána with six officers being promoted to the rank of chief superintendent and a further 34 inspectors elevated to superintendent.

Huge shake-up amid Garda ranks

Their new postings were announced yesterday, but there is no news as of yet on who, if anybody, will fill a vacant rank of assistant commissioner for the southern region.

Tony Quilter has retired from the post and the Garda Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan may hold up making any further promotions to such senior ranks until the Garda Inspectorate delivers recommendations on the structure and organisation of the force.

A spokeswoman for the Garda Inspectorate said Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald had sought such a report following the Haddington Road Agreement and this was expected to be finalised around Easter.

The new chief superintendents and superintendents will take up their postings on March 9.

Sean Ward, who is stationed at Store Street in Dublin’s north inner city, will take up his chief superintendent appointment at the internal affairs unit based at garda headquarters.

Patrick Lordan, who is based in Mullingar, Co Westmeath, will move to the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation (GBFI), while Lorraine Wheatley moves from Donnybrook, Dublin, to take charge of the Westmeath division.

Dominic Hayes, who worked as a detective superintendent in Waterford, has been promoted to take charge of the Carlow/Kilkenny division and Patrick Diskin, who was based at Castlebar, will take over running of the entire Mayo division.

Meanwhile, Barry McPolin, who has been working in Anglesea Street, Cork City, is being transferred to Naas where he will become the most senior officer in Co Meath.

Chief Supt McPolin, a married father-of-three, said he was delighted by the promotion and looking forward to the new challenge.

Apart from a brief spell working as an inspector in internal affairs in Dublin, he has spent all his 31-year career in the force working in Cork city and county.

There are a number of changes among senior officers’ positions in Cork, many as a direct result of McPolin’s promotion.

Supt Tom Myers, a native of Gurranabraher, who is in charge of the Mayfield district will move into Anglesea Street as his replacement.

Supt Michael Comyns, who like Supt Myers cut his teeth in the drugs squad, will move from Fermoy to Mayfield. Mick McGuire, who has worked as an inspector in Cork city for many years, will fill the superintendent vacancy in Fermoy.

Brendan Fogarty, who was an inspector based in Bandon, is to take over as the superintendent in Bantry.

Meanwhile, detective inspector Ger O’Mahony, who has spent many years working on serious crime cases, will become superintendent in Clonakilty. He will replace Supt Colm O’Sullivan, who is moving back into Anglesea Street to oversee risk compliance and continuous improvement for the garda southern region.

Meanwhile, Ferghal Pattwell, son of retired judge Michael Pattwell, is to move from Tralee to be superintendent in Bruff, Co Limerick.

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