Dundalk Garda Superintendent Gerry Curley is to retire from An Garda Siochana, ending 10 years of service in the town. He officially leaves his role at the end of next week.
Superintendent Curley arrived at Dundalk Garda Station in July 2010 to replace James Sheridan, who had spent four and-a-half years in the role.
The Galway native retires after nearly 40 years with An Garda Siochana having started his career at Sligo Garda station. He also served as an officer in Donnybrook, Finea, Carrickmacross, Castleblayney and Monaghan before being promoted to sergeant in 1990.
He worked in Portumna and Loughrea in Galway, before returning to the north east, working in Castleblayney and Monaghan stations. After rising to the rank of Inspector, he served in Ballyfermot and Crumlin in Dublin, Ballyshannon in Donegal and then Cavan before a stint in Monaghan.
Speaking at Wednesday’s Dundalk Joint Policing Committee meeting, chair Cllr Sean Kelly paid tribute to Supt Curley’s “professionalism, dedication and public service to the people of Dundalk.
“I want to commiserate with whoever is coming behind you because they will have big shoes to fill,” he added.
Sinn Féin TD Ruairi O Murchu said: “I’d like to thank him for being so approachable in relation to his professionalism. He was always willing, always able.”
Independent councillor Maeve Yore described Supt Curley as a “man of integrity” and as a “man who tried your best during highly challenging times in the Dundalk district, when you lost two good men” while Cllr Kevin Meenan said he wasn’t afraid to take on constructive criticism. He praised the outgoing Superintendent for his “down to earth.”
In response, Supt Curley said: “It has been a very challenging time in Dundalk in my time here. We’ve had some sad times as well.”
During his time in Dundalk, Superintendent Curley endured the loss of two of his Garda members – Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe and Garda Tony Golden.
It is not yet known who will replace Superintendent Curley at Dundalk Garda Station. Currently, he is the longest serving Garda Superintendent in any district in the north east of the country – encompassing Louth, Meath, Cavan, Monaghan and Westmeath.