The second most senior officer in the Garda force has decided to retire early, writes Tom Brady.
He is the third high-ranking officer within four days to announce departure plans.
Now gardai fear that many other personnel in the higher ranks are set to follow their example.
Deputy Commissioner Nacie Rice, pictured, has been in charge of strategy and change management. He was due to retire in October but will now resign at the end of May.
He is one of two deputy commissioners in the force – Noirin O'Sullivan is in charge of operations.
Last Wednesday, the Irish Independent disclosed that two senior officers, Det Supt Michael Jackson, of the Special Branch; and Det Supt Gabriel O'Gara, who was in charge of crime fighting in Dublin south central division, were also retiring early.
The three moves have resulted in worries of a brain-drain in an organisation already trying to cope with poor morale.