TRIBUTES have been paid to Garda Supt. Gerry Giblin, who retired from Leixlip Garda Station last Tuesday, 28 February. It is not known yet when he will be replaced.
Sgt. Gerry Curley of the Garda Press Office told the Leader: “Allocation of Garda resources is a matter for the Commissioner. I am not aware of who is replacing Giblin but appropriate arrangements will be put in place.”
At Kilcock District Court on 21 February, tributes were paid to Supt. Giblin who came to Leixlip in 2009. Garda Inspector Paul Dolan said Supt. Giblin had been “very very good to me...very helpful.
“He has been approachable and had a very open door and gave very good advice. After a cup of coffee with him, a problem never became a mountain but a molehill. To prosecute, not persecute was his way.”
Inspector Dolan said the retiring superintendent would be a loss and that would not be any criticism of “who or when we would get as a replacement.”
On behalf of the legal profession, solicitor, Eddie Timmons, said Supt Giblin had been “very fair and human.” He also said the Superintendent was handy to have around when a car tyre burst.
Judge Desmond Zaidan said Supt. Giblin was a true professional and approachable by anyone, solicitors, Gardai, the Court Service and the public. “He was willing to listen and take on board grievances...very friendly, very humane, very thorough and very conscientious.”
In that position, said the Judge, you have to have a conscience, not simply be an administrator. “I am going to miss him,” he said.
On 1 January 2009 the new Leixlip Garda station became the headquarters of a new Garda district, and Supt Giblin arrived to head it up just after that.
The Castlebar native’s father Owen who retired as Chief Garda Superintendent from his Drogheda base in 1988. Educated at St. Joseph’s CBS in Drogheda, Supt. Giblin was the only one of his siblings to join the Gardai.
A keen fan of Donaghmore Ashbourne GAA club in Meath, he left school in 1980 and worked in the insurance industry for a year before opting for the force, starting at Store Street station in Dublin. After four year there he moved to the Garda Fraud section, where he spent eight years.
In 1993, he returned to Store Street as a Sergeant but two year later he returned to the Fraud Squad as a Detective Sergeant. He spent another six years there and the section was renamed the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation (GBFI).
In January 2000, he returned to Store Street as an Inspector but in 2002 went back to the GBFI as a Detective Inspector responsible for money laundering investigations.
He and his wife, Ann, also a Garda, have three children.
He remained at the GBFI until 2007 when he was promoted to Superintendent and moved to Cavan.
Supt Giblin stressed the very important role of the public in helping the Gardai with inquiries. “We have enjoyed great support.”
But he and also said out that the Gardai “don’t always have answers.”
Between Leixlip, Celbridge and Maynooth Garda stations, there are now over eighty serving Gardai in North Kildare.