New chief for Louth Gardai

Drogheda Independent - - NEWS -

THE new chief su­per­in­ten­dent of the Gardai in Louth has been named as Christy Mangan (pic­tured), a highly decorated of­fi­cer with more than 35 years ex­pe­ri­ence in the force and who rose to promi­nence as the lead in­ves­ti­ga­tor in the ‘Scis­sor Sis­ters’ case and as head of the Cold Case Unit, which in­cluded a re­view of the Irene White case.

CS Mana­gan, orig­i­nally from County Meath, has been twice awarded the Wal­ter Scott medal for val­our, for twice con­fronting armed men - once dur­ing a bank rob­bery in 1988 and again in 1996 dur­ing a raid on an apart­ment in Dublin. He re­places Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Sean Ward who had been in the top job in Louth since Jan­uary 2016.

CS Mangan made the move from the Ca­van-Mon­aghan divi­sion, where he has served as chief su­per­in­ten­dent since Au­gust 2016, to Louth’s di­vi­sional head­quar­ters in Drogheda where he took up his new post ear­lier this month.

CS Mangan is a for­mer de­tec­tive su­per­in­ten­dent who, in 2007, headed up the Cold Case Unit, also known as the Se­ri­ous Crime Re­view Team, to con­duct reviews of un­solved mur­ders and dis­ap­pear­ances.

Lo­cated at the Na­tional Bureau of Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion at Har­court Square, the unit has re­viewed a large num­ber of the State’s most prom­i­nent un­solved cases, in­clud­ing the death of Dun­dalk mum, Irene White, and the dis­ap­pear­ance of lo­cal teenager, Ciara Breen.

CS Mana­gan has spent most of his ca­reer in Dublin, start­ing out in Crum­lin and Drim­nagh, and he was ap­pointed to the Garda Na­tional Drugs Unit. In the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, he was in­volved in se­ri­ous and vi­o­lent crime in­ves­ti­ga­tions in Dublin, in­clud­ing the Scis­sor Sis­ters case where sis­ters Linda and Char­lotte Mul­hall killed and dis­mem­bered their mother’s boyfriend, Farah Swaleh Noor, in 2005.

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