Inspector Joe Carton has retired from An Garda Siochana after 40 years
Tributes to a garda who has served the community for 40 years have been paid at Kilkenny District Court.
As Inspector Joe Carton attended his last court sitting tributes were led by Judge Colin Daly, who said Inspector Carton’s 40 years of service with An Garda Siochána was a “tremendous achievement.”
Inspector Carton spent many years in Tramore before taking a training role at the Garda College in Templemore. Judge Daly said Inspector Carton had a tremendous legacy and thousands of garda recruits benefitted from his training.
In recent years Inspector Carton took on the challenge of returning to community policing in Kilkenny. In his time here the inspector was known to all within the force, legal community and wider community for his fairness, Judge Daly said. He also paid tribute to the inspector’s work behind the scenes including taking on a policy role with international communities.
At all times he showed respect for the court and court process.
The judge said that as Inspector Carton exits An Garda Siochana he will enter retirement with vigour and the opportunity to pursue his other interests, including his passion for sport and travel, and enjoying time with his wife and family.
Sergeant Alma Molloy said Inspector Carton had always carried out his duties in an efficient and ethical manner, and wished him a happy retirement.
Representing the Probation Service Suzanne McNamara wished Inspector Carton a long and happy retirement.
Solicitor Susan Gunn congratulated the inspector on his retirement and thanked him for his respect and professionalism.
Ger Ryan of the Courts Service wished Inspector Carton health and happiness in his retirement, on behalf of all the court staff.
Solicitor Chris Hogan said the inspector was always helpful and he appreciated that. He said they would fight it out in court but when they got outside whatever was said inside was left behind.
Thanking them all for their kind words, Inspector Carton said An Garda Siochána are the ‘guardians of the peace’ and that was the approach he took throughout his career. When he came to Kilkenny, he said, he got a sense that the court, and the people who work there, are working for the people of Kilkenny.
The most important part of the system, he said, was concern and care for victims of crime.