THE Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan has confirmed the appointment of Supt Alan Cunningham as the new head of the Bruff Garda District.
Supt Cunningham, who will take up the role in the coming weeks, replaces Supt Tom Lundon who was transferred from Bruff to Garda Headquarters in Dublin last October.
Since his departure a number of garda inspectors from Limerick city - most recently Insp Paul Reidy - have been filling the role on a temporary basis.
Supt Cunningham, who was one of 23 garda inspectors promoted this week, will move to the Bruff Garda District from Monaghan Garda station where he is currently based.
Two high profile members of the force, who are currently based in Limerick city, were also promoted this week following a cabinet decision to approve the filling of 33 management posts in An Garda Siochana.
Det Insp Jim Ryan, who is currently based at Henry Street Garda Station, has been promoted to the rank of superintendent and will be stationed at Castlerea Garda Station in County Roscommon.
Newly promoted Supt Derek Smart will move from Roxboro Garda Station to the Clonakility Garda District in West Cork.
Both Supt Ryan and Supt Smart have served in the Limerick Garda Division for some time and both have been involved in several high profile investigations in the city in recent years.
Despite the appointment of 23 new superintendents this week, there remains a vacancy within the Askeaton District following the retirement of Supt Joe Roe last last year.