Friday 20 April 2018

Senior detective who led war on Hutch/Kinahan gangs takes over garda Special Branch

Tony Howard
Tony Howard
Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

A senior detective who has led the fight on the warring Hutch and Kinahan gangs will now take over the garda Special Branch.

Detective Superintendent Tony Howard has been the public face of the war on the rival Dublin gangs and his Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (DOCB) has scored a number of significant successes against the cartels.

This evening it was confirmed that he will now take over as Detective Chief Superintendent at the Special Detective Unit (SDU).

The SDU is responsible for investigating threats to the state security and the monitoring of persons who pose a threat to this on both national and international fronts.

Det Chief Supt Howard said: "I'm looking forward to a new challenge. A prestigious posting and i will use the same energy I used in the DOCB. "

Two newly promoted senior female gardaí have been allocated duties with Chief Superintendent Cliona Richardson transferred to the Liaison and Protection unit while Chief Supt Colette Quinn will transfer to Monaghan Garda station where she will take over the Cavan/Monaghan division

Chief Supt Michael Daly will take charged of the East Dublin garda region. He will also assume responsibility for the implementation of Protective Services Units nationally.

Former Ballymun Superintendent Finbarr Murphy has been promoted and will take over Roads Policing and Major Events/Emergency Management while Chief Supt Padriag Dunne will move from Kilkenny to Waterford.

Four current Chief Superintendents and nine Superintendents have been transferred to new roles.

And seven newly promoted garda superintendents have been allocated new duties.

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