CONCERNS over a lack of additional gardai to cover those stepping down under the early retirement scheme were eased last week when the Minister for Justice announced a raft of promotions to superintendent including Kildare.
Minister Alan Shatter announced 23 new promotions on February 7 including that of Superintendent Joseph Prendergast to the Kildare District. Superintendent Prendergast is expected to take up his new position on February 21 and will be based at the district headquarters in Kildare town. He has spent time working in Portlaoise and is originally from Mayo. During his career, he was also posted in Kildare and Naas for a number of years.
Superintendent Pat Kavanagh had recently retired from the Kildare division leaving a vacancy in that post. It is thought that this promotion will allow for other members of the force to be promoted into the vacancies that remain following the promotion of inspectors to the rank of superintendent. In turn, that will leave vacancies at sergeant level and as those are filled, it will leave other posts open. However, it is not likely all the outstanding posts will be filled. Before the Minister’s announcement last week, there had been an embargo on interviews for promotions for the past two years.