AFTER ALMOST 20 years in Dundalk, a top Garda will return home next week to take up his new role – as Superintendent in Ballyshannon.
Supt Leo Mcginn made his last appearance at Dundalk District Court last week and revealed how he had grown very fond of the town during his career.
He has been promoted to the rank of superintendent and takes up his new position in Ballyshannon on on Tuesday next.
After tributes were paid to him at last Wednesday’s Dundalk court, Supt. Mcginn said he had served in Ballyshannon previously, but it hadn’t diminished his affection for Dundalk.
He said: “I look back at my time in the court with great fondness. I enjoyed the learning here before the court and I appreciate the (law) practitioners and the judge being patient with me.”
Supt. Mcginn said he had prosecuted in courts in Meath, Donegal and Sligo in the past, “but I’m 100% certain that none of them have the workload of this court.”
Supt. Mcginn said: “I will miss Dundalk, I have enjoyed my time here. I am here nearly 20 years and I have put down strong roots in that time. I suppose I’m now heading North by Northwest but it would be my wish to come back here among the people, the people I grew up amongst and was educated by.”
Supt Mcginn replaces Supt James Coen who is taking up a new post in Cavan/Monaghan.
Tributes were paid to Supt Coen this week.