LONG-SERVING Garda officer Patrick Leo McGinn is to depart Dundalk following his recent promotion to Superintendent.
The Monaghan native will take up his new appointment in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal on 21st February and spoke to The Dundalk Democrat about his twenty years serving in Dundalk.
Inspector McGinn expressed his great affection for this part of the country and said he would look back with great fondness on his 10 years in the courts.
“I will miss Dundalk. I have enjoyed my time here”, added the new Superintendent.
“Certainly one of the biggest changes that occurred in my time here was the signing of the Good Friday agreement and the tremendous impact it had not only on security in the area but also on the people themselves.”
He added that he would miss the “open and decent people of this town very much.”
Solicitor Frank McDonnell led the tributes to him during his final appearance at Dundalk District Court.
He said he was the “prosecutorial face” of the court for many years, and said he had a long and distinguished service in An Garda Siochana, which included a stint serving with the United Nations.
Mr McDonnell said he was a “tremendous servant of the court,” and praised his “common sense and humanity and his sense of fair play.”
Judge Flann Brennan described Inspector McGinn as an exemplary prosecutor and a very huge debt of gratitude was owed to him in that role.
He also added that he was “is clearly a man appreciated by all and sundry.”
Local Probation Officer Sheena Norton also added further praise for the new Superintendent stating that “our loss is Ballyshannon’s gain.”
Looking ahead to his new assignment in Ballyshannon, Supt McGinn said he was “looking forward to the new challenges of the role” and because of his previous experience in the region he would be “looking forward to renewing acquaintances with many old friends.”
Inspector McGinn had previously served in Wicklow, Dublin and Donegal, before being stationed in Dundalk in 1990.
He joined An Garda Siochana in 1978 and is married with one son.