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Time to spruce up your CV: The search for a new Garda Commissioner has started

A “global executive search campaign” will be undertaken as part of the open recruitment process to appoint a new commissioner.

Acting Commissioner Noirín O'Sullivan.
Acting Commissioner Noirín O'Sullivan.
Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

THE SEARCH FOR a new Garda Commissioner has begun.

Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald confirmed today that the open recruitment process to fill the post has commenced.

Noirín O’Sullivan has been acting commissioner since former commissioner 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.

A new commissioner is expected to be appointed by the end of this year, according to Minister Fitzgerald today, and the net is being cast worldwide to locate a suitable appointee:

I am very pleased that the Public Appointments Service, which the Government has asked to independently manage the competition, is today starting that process by seeking proposals from executive search firms to conduct a global executive search campaign to supplement an advertised recruitment process.

“This is part of a wider process of reform and renewal relating to the Garda Síochána, which will also include the establishment of a police authority,” Fitzgerald added.

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