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Got what it takes?* ... Ads to recruit a new Garda Commissioner to be published this week

*Statistically — no, you don’t.

THE CABINET SIGNED-OFF on plans for the Garda Commissioner recruitment process this afternoon, as ministers met for their first full session in six weeks.

The Public Appointments Service is taking charge of the process, so you can expect to see ads on their website,

The role will be advertised nationally and internationally, with the first ads expected to go live by the end of the week, according to a Government spokesperson.

Noirín O’Sullivan has been acting commissioner since Martin Callinan stepped down from the role in March, in the wake of the controversy surrounding his handling of key issues within the Gardaí, including whistleblowing by members of the force.

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald has said a net will be cast worldwide in order to find a suitable candidate.

The PAS has been taking proposals from global executive search firms on the issue, and an extensive ‘head-hunting’ process will take place in tandem with the advertising campaigns.

The Cabinet also discussed the Budget, the future of the Irish mission in the Golan Heights and the most recent abortion controversy this afternoon, as they met at Government Buildings.

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