THE FIRST female to ever take charge of a policing district in West Limerick started work this week.
Supt Helen Deely has been appointed as the new head of the Newcastle West garda district, replacing Supt Dan Flavin, who has transferred to Crumlin.
Supt Deely was recently promoted from her role as an inspector at the Garda National Traffic Bureau at Garda Headquarters in the Phoenix Park.
Supt Deely joined the force in 1991 and was stationed at Store Street, Fitzgibbon Street and Mountjoy garda stations in Dublin before being promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2000.
She spent two years attached to the Bridewell garda station before moving to the crime, policy and administration section at Garda HQ. In 2007 she was promoted to the rank of inspector.
Supt Deely holds a diploma in psychology and criminal behaviour from National College Ireland and a BSc in management and law from Dublin Institute of Technology.
She is the first female to run one of county Limerick’s garda districts in a permenant capacity. The first ever Irish woman to attain the rank of superintendent, Phyllis Nolan, was appointed in 1989 during former Fianna Fail Limerick West TD Gerry Collins’ tenure as Minister for Justice in the third Haughey government.
Supt Deely will now be in charge of policing in all of West Limerick, following the recent amalgamation of the Newcastle West and Askeaton garda districts.