Saturday 20 October 2018

Fears over exodus of top gardai

Cutbacks in overtime and allowances are spurring senior investigators to leave the force, writes Jim Cusack

The Government is about to announce the promotion of gardai to fill the record number of senior vacancies but members of the force are concerned about a "total breakdown" in the chain of command for major crime investigation.

While the promotions to fill the rank of assistant commissioner are to be announced by Cabinet, detectives are complaining there has been a massive depletion of senior and middle-ranking investigators with huge experience in tackling serious crime.

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