Chief Superintendent Ger Dillane has retired after 40 years in law enforcement. Mr Dillane retired from the Force after serving in three Cork policing divisions. On Monday 26 November the Senior Garda was honoured by the County’s Joint Policing Committee for his tireless work in the community.
A keen golfer, Ger was an integral part of the establishment of the County’s Joint policing Committee. Chief Executive of Cork County Council, Tim Lucey, said Mr Dillane was a part and parcel of the Joint Policing Committee. There have been 25 meetings since he became a member and that’s a significant input into community engagement.” “We are all sad to see you go. You are well due your retirement, and are retiring in good health. Cork County Council wish you continued good health and every happiness.”
Chief Superintendent Barry McPolin from the Cork City division who has worked with the former Chief Super for 32 years said he was “a man of many talents and has always been great company as a colleague, a very loyal colleague to work beside.” “He’s a great man to extoll the virtues of public community and has been very much involved in committees, especially the Rose of Tralee Committee.”
Since joining the force in 1978 the Kerry native has also served time in Wexford and Donegal before he was made Chief Superintendent in 2011 at the Cork North Division in Fermoy. Involved in the Rose of Tralee for almost five decades, he was also a volunteer with the Guide Dogs for the Blind and St Paul’s Credit Union. Chairman of the Joint Policing Committee, Cllr Frank O’Flynn said Mr Dillane had served his community with “distinction.” “We will miss you, we wish you well and a long retirement” commented Cllr O’Flynn.
Mr Dillane said “I’ve served on the JPC since its inauguration and it was an honour for me. What people don’t realise is what goes on behind the scenes, the contacts and collaborations that are built up at these meetings, and the contacts built up continue outside.”
He said he looked forward to continuing his volunteerism and improving his golf.