September 21 - Heed the words of departing super

POLICING in Limerick was well served by Superintendent Frank O’Brien, who has handed in his badge after 34 years as a member of An Garda Siochana. A third of that time – the most eventful years of his career – was spent over two periods in Limerick, during which he made many friends.

POLICING in Limerick was well served by Superintendent Frank O’Brien, who has handed in his badge after 34 years as a member of An Garda Siochana. A third of that time – the most eventful years of his career – was spent over two periods in Limerick, during which he made many friends.

In a wide-ranging interview with the Leader’s Anne Sheridan this week, the insights and the empathy that secured Supt O’Brien’s rise up the garda ranks are easy to detect. There are also words that should be heeded, coming from such an informed source.

Frank O’Brien warns of a threat to the stability of the Limerick force if long-term planning for local policing and the recruitment of new gardai is not put in place.

His is the latest and perhaps the most compelling voice to warn of the disastrous consequences that could follow if the efforts that secured such a stunning reduction in serious crime continue to be undermined by dwindling resources.

We wish him well in his retirement.