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No timeframe for ‘critical’ appointment of Ardee Garda Superintendent

Christy Mangan, Ardee Garda Station
Chief Superintendent Christy Mangan and Ardee Garda Station. Photo Credit: Kathy Gilroy-Barry/Adrian Crawley.

Louth Garda Chief Superintendent Christy Mangan says Ardee Garda Station is a ‘critical’ post but admitted he does not know when a new Superintendent will be appointed to the town, after the departure of James O’Leary in October.

The comments were made on Thursday last (November 12) during the remote meeting of the Ardee Joint Policing Committee public forum, where he offered an update as to the current vacancy in the district.

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“A Superintendent is of a critical importance in every district. I hope it will be addressed but I don’t have a timeline,” Chief Supt Mangan told the meeting.

Ardee is the poor relation, “Sinn Féin councillor Pearse McGeough said, referring to the large turnover of senior Gardai in Ardee town. “It seems to go through quite a sizeable number of Superintendents.

“It may not be the busiest posting in the country but the loss of a Superintendent and his knowledge is something serious. Is there an opportunity when Ardee does get a Superintendent that they could stay a wee bit longer?” he asked.

“The allocation of Superintendent to Ardee is at the Commissioner’s discretion,” the Chief Supt said in response to Cllr McGeough’s question. “I do take your point on board about continuity and about having someone there on a long term basis. It is very important. It is a critical station.

Louth’s most senior Garda expressed his delight at the work being undertaken by Inspector Ronan Carey in Ardee, who is currently serving as Acting Superintendent in the mid-Louth town.

“Ronan is doing an admirable job. I would like to see him take the position full time,” he said.

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.

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.

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