Fond farewell

Glow­ing trib­utes have been paid to a Garda Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent on his re­tire­ment by mem­bers of a com­mit­tee he helped found.

Irish Examiner - County - - Front Page - Sean O’Rior­dan

Glow­ing trib­utes have been paid to a Garda Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent on his re­tire­ment by mem­bers of a com­mit­tee he helped found.

A spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tion was made at a re­cent Cork County Joint Polic­ing Com­mit­tee meet­ing to Wil­liam ‘Ger’ Dil­lane who has just re­tired af­ter 40 years ser­vice in the force and as the man in charge of polic­ing the North and East Cork re­gions.

Chief Supt Barry McPolin, who is in charge of polic­ing the city, said he has known Ger Dil­lane for 32 years, 20 of which were spent as a su­per­in­ten­dent and chief su­per­in­ten­dent in Cork.

“He’s a man of many tal­ents and a very loyal col­league. It’s sad to see him go af­ter 40 years of ser­vice.” be sadly missed,” he told him.

County coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive Tim Lucey said Mr Dil­lane was “part and par­cel of the es­tab­lish­ment of the JPC in the county,” which was formed to give peo­ple a say in polic­ing and to make the re­gion a safer place to live and work in.

He pointed out that Mr Dil­lane is a very handy golfer, who has “taken a few euro off him” on the course.

He said he ex­pects his pro­fi­ciency with the club to im­prove now he has more time on this hands to play at Muskerry Golf Club.

It was also pointed out that he worked as a vol­un­teer with the Rose of Tralee or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee for the past 46 years, and does a lot of work on be­half of the Ir­ish Guide Dogs. chair­man Cllr Frank O’Flynn said that the Tralee­born man joined the force in 1978 and ended up with post “You’ll ings in Wex­ford, Done­gal, Cork city and county.

“I know he’ll have no dif­fi­culty fill­ing his re­tire­ment beJPC cause of all the things he does and re­cently he be­came a grand­fa­ther. Ger we will miss you,” Mr O’Flynn said.

JPC vice chair­man, Cllr Tim Collins, said that as a chief su­per­in­ten­dent, Mr Dil­lane was re­spon­si­ble for polic­ing a huge area which stretched from the Water­ford bor­der to the Cork/Kerry/ Lim­er­ick bor­der.

“I didn’t meet one guard who’d say a bad word against him. He was well-or­gan­ised and wanted ev­ery­body else to be well-or­gan­ised as well,” Mr Collins said.

In re­ply, Mr Dil­lane said it was an hon­our to serve on the JPC as it was one of the best op­er­ated in the county.

“We need to make Cork county a safer place to live in. I’m lucky I served for 40 years in the gar­daí and am go­ing out in good health. I hope to do a lot more vol­un­tary work in the fu­ture,” Mr Dil­lane said.

To mark his re­tire­ment, Mr Dil­lane was pre­sented by JPC mem­bers with a sculpture fea­tur­ing hands hold­ing a map of Cork.

Pic­ture: Daragh McSweeney

Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Ger Dil­lane with a sculpture fea­tur­ing hands hold­ing a map of Cork which was pre­sented to him by the Joint Polic­ing Com­mit­tee to mark his re­tire­ment from An Garda Síochána af­ter 40 years.

Pic­ture: Daragh McSweeney

L-R Sergeant Pat Con­way, In­spec­tor for As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Niall Crow­ley, Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Con Cado­gan, chair of the Cork County Joint Polic­ing Com­mit­tee, Frank O’Flynn, Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Ger Dil­lane, As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Anne Marie McMa­hon, Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Barry McPolin, Su­per­in­ten­dent Colm Noo­nan, and Su­per­in­ten­dent Michael McGuire.

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