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Ardee Garda Superintendent O’Leary transferred to Galway Regional HQ

Supt James O'Leary
Ardee Superintendent James O'Leary. Photo Credit: Kathy Gilroy-Barry.

Ardee Garda Station is to get yet another new superintendent after current Garda Superintendent James O’Leary was transferred to Galway.

The move underpins the status of Ardee Garda Station as a transient station where superintendents stay for short-term stays. The transfer was made public on Thursday, October 8, shortly after the Ardee Joint Policing Committee meeting ended. Superintendent O’Leary was due to attend the online meeting but sent his apologies.

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Supt O’Leary, who arrived from Monaghan Garda Station in December last year, is to be transferred to the North Western Region HQ in the Galway Division where he shall be allocated to detective duties.

No new Superintendent has been allocated to Ardee, with Inspector Ronan Carey currently in the role of Acting Superintendent until the position is filled.

There has been a higher turnover of Garda Superintendents at Ardee Garda Station than in any other district HQ in the North-East in the last decade, an investigation by LouthNow.ie revealed earlier this year.

Superintendent O’Leary was appointed to lead the Ardee district in December of last year – but he is the seventh man to helm policing matters in the mid-Louth town since March 2015. Now, with his departure, an eighth superintendent is to be appointed.

Since the retirement of Eugene Brennan, six appointments have been made to the post of Ardee Superintendent – which is at least double the amount of new superintendents appointed to every other district in the north east, bar one.

The seven Garda Superintendents that have served in Ardee since March 2015 is more than at any station in Louth, Meath, Westmeath, Cavan or Monaghan in the same period.

In fact, the seven superintendents that have served in Ardee is more than have served at any of the 14 other district HQs in the region in the last 10 years.

Between March 2015 and December 2019, a period of four years and nine months, seven superintendents led the district in Ardee. Based on data from that period, Ardee Garda District changes the superintendent every eight months – on average. This is by far the highest average turnover of any district in the five counties.

Superintendents in the Ardee Garda District

Click below to see how the number of Superintendents appointed to the Ardee Garda District, since 2008.

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Meanwhile, 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 (October 16).

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.

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