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Friday 17 November 2017

City detectives to retire after 30 years working together

TWO of Dublin's most experienced detectives are retiring -- having served together for 30 years.

Tom Sullivan and Brendan Supple, both based at Pearse Street Station, are the longest-serving detectives in Dublin's south city.

The two have investigated 30 murder cases, along with other serious crimes, and secured a number of major convictions.

Before becoming detectives they were among the original members of the 1980s Crime Task Force, the first dedicated unit which focused on tackling robbers and chasing stolen cars in the city.

The pair grew up together in the Stoneybatter area, went to school together at St Paul's CBS, North Brunswick Street, then joined the gardai, where they served side by side for the best part of three decades.

Sullivan, the longest-serving detective in the south city, is known as one of the force's top 'bookmen', the detective who compiles books of evidence on high profile cases.

His colleague Supple, who has the second-longest service among south city detectives, is renowned for his attention to technical details.

The pair worked on a number of high-profile investigations, including the attempted bombing of Widow Scallan's pub in 1994, the killing of a sailor from the LE Eithne on the Liffey in 2001, and a number of other murders.

Both men will retire from the force within days of each other, in the coming weeks.

Their commanding officer, Det Supt Gabriel O'Gara of Pearse Street, paid tribute to the two officers today. He said: "Both detectives were highly skilled investigators and would have worked on all of the serious incidents that occurred in the division over a long number of years.

"On a professional and personal level, both of them will be greatly missed, both by their colleagues and by management."

Herald columnist and retired Det Supt PJ Browne, who worked with Sullivan and Supple for more than a decade, told the Herald: "There's no doubt that Tom and Brendan will be sadly missed by all in the South Central Division.

"Tom was an excellent compiler of murder and serious crime files, Brendan was more of a tech expert. I doff my cap to both."

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