Second top garda lost to retirement
The head of the Garda Special Branch is to retire early from the force. His resignation marks the second major blow to the organisation within a week.
Det Chief Supt John McMahon has notified the authorities of his intention to step down a year early and is due to retire at the end of next month.
The move follows the decision of Assistant Commissioner Derek Byrne, who announced last week that he was taking up the post of commissioner of police in the Cayman Islands in September.
Earlier this year, Det Supt Seamus Kane, who had been in charge of the organised crime unit, also retired early.
The departure of those three senior investigators will create a serious gap in the management ranks of the frontline sections of the Garda detailed to combat serious crime and terrorism.