Promotion for Longford based Garda

A former Longford garda has spoken of his delight at being promoted to the rank of chief superintendent, saying the move will present a “fresh and exciting” challenge.

A former Longford garda has spoken of his delight at being promoted to the rank of chief superintendent, saying the move will present a “fresh and exciting” challenge.

Aidan Glacken was speaking following the Government’s latest round of Garda appointments earlier this week.

The Athlone superintendent, who served two terms in Longford, said his imminent elevation to Chief Superintendent had been one he had known about for some time.

“I became aware of it a couple of months ago. I have spent seven years here in Athlone and as was the case in Longford, I enjoyed my time here,” he said.

Supt Glacken accepted his new role, in charge of the entire Meath policing division, saying it will bring its a new and potentially more demanding set of challenges.

Despite this, it’s a move which the Newtownforbes-based garda cannot wait to meet head on.

“I will obviously be over a greater geographical region and have more responsibility in terms of resources, but I am looking forward to it,” he said.

Taking his place is Noreen McBrien, who moves up from her previous rank of inspector. Asked about what his successor can expect from the position, Supt Glacken was typically diplomatic when giving his reply.

“We all have our own styles and ways of doing things,” he added.

He will take up the role from this Friday.