Limerick Garda Representative Association representative to retire after 40 years

David Hurley

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David Hurley

Garda Gerry Keating is due to retire next May after a forty year career

Garda Gerry Keating is due to retire next May after a forty year career

ONE of the longest-serving gardai in the Limerick division was honoured at the recent Annual General Meeting of the Limerick branch of the Garda Representative Association.

Gerard Keating, who is attached to the Juvenile Liaison Office (JLO) at Mayorstone garda station, is also one of the longest serving GRA representatives in the country.

Garda Keating, who joined the force forty years ago this month, was stationed in North Clare at the beginning of his career where he became a GRA rep in the Ennistymon district during the early 1980s.

Later in his career he transferred from Clare to the former Mary Street garda station in the Limerick division.

“It wasn’t long before he began representing his colleagues again. Gerry has served as both a District and divisional rep, also holding the role of secretary for a number of years,” said Garda Cathal O’Gorman, secretary of the Limerick branch of the GRA.

Garda Keating, who is known as DAG by many of his colleagues, has been attached to the JLO office for some time and is due to retire from the force next May.

He is the current chairman of GRA in Limerick City North garda district.

“Gerry’s talent compassion and hard work is highly regarded by members of all rank in Limerick,” said Garda O’Gorman following the presentation.

Speaking at the recent AGM at the Woodlands House Hotel in Adare, Garda Keating thanked his colleagues for their support over the years.

He spoke of the importance of the GRA and reiterated his one wish for the organisation is to ensure that there is adequate representation for members and in particular more junior members of An Garda Siochana.

Garda colleagues – present and retired – from across the Limerick division attended the AGM which was the last before Garda Keating’s retirement next year.

The current chairman of the GRA in Limerick Garda Alan O’Donnell and GRA Vice President Garda Frank Thornton were also among those who attended the event.

A small presentation was made to Garda Keating on the night in acknowledgement of his service as a GRA rep in Limerick and elsewhere.