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Sunday 11 December 2016

CAB detective bows out after 33 years of fighting crime

etiring Det. Garda Philip Galvin (front centre) with his work colleagues l-r; Det. Garda Sean O'Brien, Det, Chief Sup. Eugene Corcoran, Det. Garda Mark Gallagher, Retired Det Chief Supt. Felix McKenna, Retired Det, Chief Supt. Noel White and Det. Inspector Tom Matthews
etiring Det. Garda Philip Galvin (front centre) with his work colleagues l-r; Det. Garda Sean O'Brien, Det, Chief Sup. Eugene Corcoran, Det. Garda Mark Gallagher, Retired Det Chief Supt. Felix McKenna, Retired Det, Chief Supt. Noel White and Det. Inspector Tom Matthews
Retiring Det. Garda Philip Galvin. Camden Street, Dublin
Retiring Det. Garda Philip Galvin with his wife Annette and children Michellle, Philip junior and Anthony, right

A widely respected detective who was involved in a string of high-profile investigations has retired after 33 years of service with An Garda Siochana.

Detective Garda Philip Galvin, working as part of a Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) team, is credited with playing a key role in the recovery a of much-prized painting stolen from the Hugh Lane Gallery over 20 years ago.

In The Omnibus, by French artist Honore Daumier, was returned to the Dublin gallery after being discovered by CAB in 2013.

The famous painting was stolen in June 1992 when it was ripped from a wall in the gallery.

It was valued in the hundreds of thousands of euro.

After completing his training at Templemore, Mr Galvin was stationed in Sundrive Road, Crumlin, for 16 years.

He then joined the Criminal Asset Bureau (CAB) in March 1999.

The married father-of-three was raised in Fatima Mansions in Rialto, Dublin.

"In my career I ended up investigating some of the people I grew up with," he told the Herald.

Untouchables

Mr Galvin said that there are a number of high-profile cases that will always stay with him.

"The Ray Burke investigation stands out as one of the highlights of my career," he said.

"It proved that no one was untouchable when it came to gardai carrying out their duties.

"I'm very proud of what I've achieved - and also the successes the CAB has achieved over the years," he added.

Former colleagues gathered at the Camden Exchange bar in the city centre on Tuesday night to pay tribute to Mr Galvin on his retirement.

A specially-commissioned cake recognised the Dubliner's professionalism and in particular his passion for Manchester United.

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