A Kerry garda has been honoured for his efforts to combat international drug trafficking.
Detective Superintendent Séan Healy, who’s from Scartaglin, has claimed the Maritime Analysis Operations Centre (Narcotics) Award, becoming the first member of An Garda Siochana to do so.
The Maritime Analysis Operations Centre is an international law enforcement organisation based in Lisbon.
It comprises personnel from seven European countries, including Ireland, and its role is to prevent illegal maritime drug trafficking into Europe.
This year the centre recognised the contribution of Detective Superintendent Séan Healy, a Kerry native based in Cork.
Detective Superintendent Healy has been involved in the investigation of major drug importation cases into Ireland over the past 25 years.
The Maritime Analysis Operations Centre says his commitment, drive and successful operational activity has been recognised at an international level and he is regarded as an expert on Maritime Law.
The award presented to Detective Superintendent Healy is the first such medal to be received by a member of An Garda Síochána.