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Noirín O'Sullivan has a new job - just seven weeks after retiring from the gardaí

It’s the first time the group has had someone working from outside the US.

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NOIRÍN O’SULLIVAN HAS been appointed to a new international policing position after retiring from the gardaí in September.

O’Sullivan has been named as the Director of Strategic Partnerships for Europe in the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).

The group is a professional association for law enforcement worldwide which creates a number of programmes designed to make policing better across the world.

O’Sullivan’s role is a newly-created position at the IACP and means that for the first time in the group’s 124 year history it will have someone stationed outside of the US.

A statement from the group read: “The International Association of Chiefs of Police is pleased to announce the appointment of Nóirín O’Sullivan, former Commissioner of An Garda Síochána, the Republic of Ireland’s police force, as the Director of Strategic Partnerships for Europe.

“Commissioner O’Sullivan brings to the IACP over 30 years of invaluable law enforcement experience. Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan has shown an unwavering commitment to the law enforcement profession, and will be a great asset to the association and the global profession.

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“The IACP is honoured to have former Commissioner O’Sullivan join us. Commissioner O’Sullivan will arrive later in the Fall and will be based in Ireland.”

Calls had been mounting for the Garda Commissioner to step aside due to the ongoing scandals emerging from the force.

O’Sullivan was appointed as Garda Commissioner in November 2014, after she took on the acting role after the previous commissioner Martin Callinan stepped down after he described Garda whistleblowers’ allegations as “disgusting”.

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