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New governor appointed to Mountjoy Prison

Brian Murphy will take up his new role in September.

Mountjoy Prison
Mountjoy Prison

A NEW GOVERNOR of Mountjoy Prison has been appointed by the Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald today.

Brian Murphy will take up his new role in September, succeeding Edward Whelan who is retiring.

Brian Murphy has served in a wide range of roles in the civil service and is currently the Director of Operations in the Irish Prison Service.

Prior to joining the Prison Service Brian served as Principal Officer in the Department of Finance, while in his early career he worked in the Department of Social Protection and in the Department of Agriculture.

He is a qualified Business Analysis Consultant and holds a Masters in Management from Trinity College Dublin.

New job

Minister Fitzgerald congratulated Brian Murphy on his appointment as Campus Governor of the Mountjoy Prison wished him well in his new post.

“He has a distinguished record of public service and the experience gained throughout his career, including as Director of Operations in the Irish Prison Service, will ensure that he has all the qualities needed for such a unique and challenging role,” she said.

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The minister also paid tribute to the outgoing governor, who is retiring after 42 years in the Prison Service.

He has served with distinction at the highest level of management within the Irish Prison Service and has a proven track record of delivery in all the prisons for which he was responsible.

Recently, as Campus Governor of Mountjoy Prison, he has overseen the transformation of a prison that was once earmarked for closure but has now been revitalised and modernised ensuring a standard of accommodation for prisoners that complies with domestic and international best practice.

She added that Whelan leaves behind a “proud record of dedicated service to the State” and she thanked him for his service.

Murphy’s appointment as campus governor follows an open recruitment competition which was conducted by the Public Appointments Service.

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