THE head of the Limerick garda division says it will take several months before vacancies at inspector level within the force in Limerick city will be filled.
Chief Supt David Sheahan made his comments after it was confirmed by the Garda Commissioner, Marin Callinan, that Det Insp Jim Ryan and Insp Derek Smart have been promoted to the rank of superintendent.
Det Insp Ryan, who is currently attached to Henry Street Garda Station will be stationed at Castlerea Garda Station in County Roscommon while Supt Smart will move from Roxboro Garda Station to Clonakilty in West Cork.
“First and foremost I would like to congratulate both det insp Jim Ryan and also InspDerek Smart on their appointments as superintendents. It is a great achievement for them and for their families and unfortunately Castlerea and Clonakilty’s gain is our loss,” said Chief Supt Sheahan.
The newly promoted superintendents will take up their new roles next week but according to Chief Supt Sheahan they will not be replaced for several months.
“They will be replaced but it will take time because there is currently no competition available for that rank and that process is about to commence and we will see them replaced but it will take a couple of months before that happens.”
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