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Former garda chief dies after long illness

Don Lavery

Published 25/04/2010 | 05:00

Eamon Doherty, who was Garda Commissioner for 11 months in the late 1980s and a well-known figure in the Irish sporting world after his retirement, has died at the age of 86. His son, Colm, is managing director of AIB.

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Mr Doherty, whose commissionership passed with little controversy, became in his retirement active in a number of state, semi-state and voluntary organisations.

He was chairman of the Irish Sports Council and patrol of the Irish Amateur Boxing Association. He was the government nominee on the EU Task Force on Drugs during the 1990s and chaired the commission, which arranged the transfer of air-sea rescue services from the Air Corps to the Irish Coastguard in 2006.

He received the Ireland Medal Award from the Royal Life Saving Society for his work on the commission.

He was born in Buncranna, Co Donegal, in 1923 and joined the garda in 1943. He was the first officer to be sent to train with the FBI and later became head of training at the Garda College in Templemore, Co Tipperary, in his late 30s, one of the youngest officers to serve in the rank of superintendent at the time.

Extending his condolences to the Doherty family, Commissioner Fachtna Murphy said: "Eamonn had a full and productive life, 45 years of which he gave in dedicated commitment to An Garda Siochana. In everything he did, he worked to make a difference to the lives of others in a spirit of public service"

No arrangements for his funeral have yet been made.

Sunday Independent

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