Three Longford and Granard garda sergeants promoted to inspector

Details of latest promotional list follows elevation of five Longford gardaí to sergeant level

Liam Cosgrove


Liam Cosgrove


Longford Garda Station. Photo: Michelle Ghee.

Three sergeants currently serving in Longford (pictured) and Granard Garda Stations have been promoted to inspector level.

County Longford's policing organisation has received another boost with confirmation that three garda members have been promoted to the rank of inspector.

The Leader can confirm Sgt Gary Loughrey and Detective Sgt Frank Finn from Longford, together with Sgt Tom Quinn from the Granard Garda Division, have been elevated to the role.

They are among a list of around 200 newly appointed inspectors in what is one of the biggest ever sets of promotions in the organisation and are aimed at plugging major supervision gaps. 

It comes barely a month after the Leader told of how five rank and file members from the Longford District had been promoted to the forces sergeant ranks.

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A High Court challenge had delayed the national list of sergeants being announced after a legal challenge was brought by a member of the Gardaí who unsuccessfully applied to be promoted.

The need for more gardaí at supervisory level has been raised by oversight bodies as well as former acting Garda commissioner Dónall Ó Cualáin.

In a report, the Commission on the Future of Policing also called for supervision at sergeant level "to be strengthened".

For more on this story, see next week's Longford Leader.