CORK County’s Joint Policing Committee (JPC) has paid tribute to retiring chief superintendent Ger Dillane.
Chief Supt Dillane, who joined the force in 1978, was a member of the JPC since its inception.
He served in Cork city, Cork West, Wexford and Donegal. He was superintendent in Buncrana, Mallow and Togher and was appointed regional traffic superintendent for the southern region based in Anglesea Street.
He was promoted in 2011 to the position of chief superintendent and took up responsibility as the divisional officer in charge of policing duties of the Cork North division based in the town of Fermoy.
He was involved with the Rose of Tralee for 46 years and has volunteered with Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind as well as being involved with St Paul’s Garda credit union.
County Hall chief executive Tim Lucey said he will be missed for his expertise on the JPC.
“He’s been part and parcel of the establishment of the JPC since the first day. There have been 25 JPC meetings since he became a member and that’s a significant contribution to community engagement.
“We’ll be sad to see him go. He is well due his retirement and he is retiring in good health. Cork County Council wishes him every health and happiness,” he added.
His colleague, Chief Superintendent Barry McPolin, of the Cork City Division said he will be sadly missed.
“I’ve known Ger in excess of 32 years.
“He’s a man of many talents and has always been good company and a loyal colleague. He’s a great man to extol the virtues of community and he has been very much involved in the committees, especially the Rose of Tralee committee in his beloved Kerry.
“He brought his talents with him wherever he went and he worked for the community and it is sad to see our esteemed colleague leave after 40 years service with An Garda Síochana. I wish him and his family good health in the future. He will be sadly missed. I thank him for his loyalty, collegiality and his friendship,” he added.
JPC chair, Councillor Frank O’Flynn (FF), wished Mr Dillane well.
“I’m sure he will have no difficulty whatsoever in filling up his spare time as he retires. We will miss him and we wish him good health and all the best for the future.”
Mr Dillane described the Cork JPC as one of the leading ones in the country and spoke of his pride at being part of it. He hopes to continue his volunteer work in the future.
“I served on the JPC since its inauguration and it was an honour for me. It’s what goes on behind the scenes and the contacts and collaborations that go on outside the meetings where areas of society prosper,” he added.