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Gubbins moves on from Chief Supt role in Clare

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Michael Gubbins has vacated his role as Clare’s Chief Superintendent after less than three months in the position.

Kilmallock native, Gubbins succeeded John Kerin as the head of the Clare Garda Division but has since been promoted within the Garda ranks and will now run An Garda Síochána’s special crime operations.

During his brief tenure, Michael led Clare’s biggest Garda operation in fifteen years, that being Donald Trump’s first Presidential visit to Ireland.

Although there was a gap of three month before Gubbins was announced as Kerin’s replacement, a new Chief Superintendent has already taken office in Co Clare.

On Tuesday night, An Garda Síochána confirmed the transfer of Chief Superintendent Michael Gubbins to Office of Assistant Commissioner, Special Crime Operations and the promotion of Sean Colleran to Chief Superintendent.

Colleran in recent years has worked in senior roles in a number of Garda stations in the West of the Country such as Superintendent in Westport and Superintendent of the crime hub in the Galway Division. He started his new post in Clare this week.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, and A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to -

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